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Former PA Senator Fumo To Be Released From Prison

(Former Pennsylvania state senator Vincent Fumo, following his sentencing for corruption.   File photo)

(Former Pennsylvania state senator Vincent Fumo, following his sentencing for corruption. File photo)

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By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Pennsylvania State Senator and convicted felon Vince Fumo will taste freedom again on Tuesday for the first time in four years when he is released from a Kentucky prison.

70-year-old Fumo, inmate #62033-066 at the Ashland, Kentucky federal prison for the past four years, will first have to serve some time at a halfway house before he is truly free (read related story).

Fumo was convicted of federal fraud and related offenses — all 137 counts against him — a case that forever links him to the contemptible acronym OPM as detailed at trial by a former girlfriend.

Witness: “(I) first heard that from Vince, it means “other people’s money.”

Prosecutor: “How did Mr. Fumo use that term?

Witness: “He used it quite a bit, when he was talking. When we would go out he would to dinner he goes, ‘let’s just use OPM.’”

Federal authorities want Fumo to pay an additional $800,000 in restitution. He’s also fighting IRS claims he owes about $3 million in taxes, interest and penalties.