Fumo non-profit is target of lawsuit by PA Attorney General

    The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit today against a nonprofit group founded by former state Senator Vincent Fumo. The lawsuit names Fumo and his co-defendant Ruth Arnao, and stems from their federal conviction related to the misuse of the organization’s funds.

    The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit today against a nonprofit group founded by former state Senator Vincent Fumo. The lawsuit names Fumo and his co-defendant Ruth Arnao, and stems from their federal conviction related to the misuse of the organization’s funds.

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    Fumo and his co-defendant Ruth Arnao were convicted of using money from Citizen’s Alliance for Better Neighborhoods to purchase tools and cars for their personal use, fund political polls, and bankroll a campaign to prevent a sand dune project near Fumo’s Jersey shore home. The lawsuit also names the non-profit’s board members.

    Attorney General Tom Corbett says he wants a full accounting of the group’s assets.

    Corbett: “Senator Fumo and Miss Arnao used this money, $1.9 million, for their own purposes. Where were the board of directors when it came to this, what were they doing?”

    Corbett wants the court to dissolve Citizen’s Alliance or replace the current officers. Multiple calls to the organization have not been returned. Fumo formed the group in 1991 to clean up city streets. A message on their website says they will stop performing those tasks at the end of this month.

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