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Boat captains to testify in Fumo trial

Inquirer statt writer Emilie Lounsberry reports:

Federal prosecutors are wrapping up allegations that former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo defrauded one nonprofit — and are moving onto a new alleged fraud focusing on free yacht trips from the Independence Seaport Museum.

Two boat captains are expected to testify today in the federal corruption trial of Fumo and his longtime ally, Ruth Arnao, the former head of Citizens' Alliance for Better Neighborhoods.

Fumo and Arnao are accused of defrauding Citizens' Alliance by getting the nonprofit to pay for $1.4 million in personal items. Fumo also is accused of defrauding the Independence Seaport Museum by getting free use of yachts.

Yesterday, the jury heard from Fumo's former butler, who provided an insider's view of life with Fumo.

The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case in early January, setting the stage for the defense to present its case and — perhaps — for Fumo to testify.

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