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Indictment Spells Out Claims of Benefit, Obstruction of Justice by State Senator

Indictment Spells Out Claims of Benefit, Obstruction of Justice by State Senator

Indictment Spells Out Claims of Benefit, Obstruction of Justice by State Senator

Grants outside service area, improper political activity, and misinformation to accountants are basis for criminal charges

The federal criminal indictment of a powerful Pennsylvania State Senator focuses heavily on the operations of a 501(c)(3) community betterment organization founded by the Senator’s employees and allegedly run for his personal benefit.

It alleges conduct, such as using the organization’s credit card to buy tools and equipment for his personal houses, which has traditionally deemed to be criminal. It also alleges improper actions that have more traditionally been handled as civil matters, not criminal. (U.S. V. Fumo, E.D. PA, Crim. No. 06-319, 2/6/07.)

The indictment focuses on activities of the Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, originally founded in...

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