Feds may take aim at close Fumo associates

    Former state Senator Vincent Fumo was back in court today to fight the government’s efforts to seize more than $4 million in assets. In the wake of his conviction on 137 counts of fraud and obstruction of justice, some of Fumo’s close associates could now be targeted for prosecution.

    Former state Senator Vincent Fumo was back in court today to fight the government’s efforts to seize more than $4 million in assets. In the wake of his conviction on 137 counts of fraud and obstruction of justice, some of Fumo’s close associates could now be targeted for prosecution.

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    Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Chairman, Mitchell Rubin could be the next official charged in connection with Fumo’s corruption conviction.

    At the hearing, the FBI handed a document to Rubin. Rubin appeared shaken by the letter and neither side would confirm its contents.

    The jury found Fumo guilty of hiring Rubin as a “ghost employee” for the Senate. FFumo awarded him a $150,000 “consulting contract” over five years.

    Tim Potts is with the state house watchdog group Democracy Rising. He says there could be more fallout.

    Potts: “You take a figure like Fumo who is so large that people hide in his shadow and when he is removed all sorts of things come to light that hadn’t been conspicuous before.”

    Fumo could get more than ten years in prison for his conviction. His sentencing is July 13th.

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