Saturday, September 20, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

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Fumo wins case with IRS

Former state Sen. Vincent Fumo hasn't received many favorable court rulings in recent years, but he was handed a small victory by a federal court judge yesterday who sided with him and against the IRS, which had levied a jeopardy assessment on Fumo for transferring money and property to his family members.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter, who also presided over Fumo's criminal trial in 2009, found that the IRS did not prove that Fumo tried to put the money and property he transferred to his family "beyond the reach of government" and thus, the "jeopardy assessment against Plaintiff was unreasonable," Buckwalter wrote.

According to court documents, Fumo thought the IRS levied the jeopardy assessment on him as payback because they didn't like the sentence he was given. The IRS said it made the assessment after reading in the Inquirer about how Fumo "transferred substantial assets to his fiancée and to his family members, for little or no compensation," according to court documents.

A larger case in which the IRS is seeking $3.8 million in back taxes from Fumo is still ongoing and unchanged.

Two crooks rob Church's

Philadelphia police are on the lookout for two men who robbed a Southwest Philly Church's Chicken at gunpoint on Monday.

The armed crooks marched into the store, at 58th and Woodland Avenue, about 6:20 p.m. One robber hopped the counter and attacked a manager while the other grabbed cash from a safe.

Police said the 33-year-old manager suffered lacerations to his face and head. The fiends fled on foot.

One suspect was described as a bearded black man in his late teens or early 20s. He was about 5-foot-9, 140 pounds and wore a green hooded sweatshirt. Police said the other robber was a thin, 6-foot-1 black man who wore a purple mask and dark blue hooded sweatshirt. Tipsters can call 215-686-TIPS, or text information to 773847.

Bridge to close tomorrow

The South Street Bridge will be closed from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. tomorrow for the annual Odunde Festival.

The event, which organizers say is the largest African-American street festival in the country, will include a variety of events and performances, including a procession from 23rd and South streets to the Schuylkill.

For more information, visit odundefestival.org.

- David Gambacorta and Stephanie Farr

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