Fumo: Pa. Senate Paid to Ship Me Hair Spray, Tea

Former powerful Sen. Vince Fumo admitted the Pennsylvania Senate paid to ship hair spray, tea, books and other personal items to his Florida vacation home while on the stand in federal court Thursday.

Fumo was on the witness stand for a fourth day in his sweeping public corruption trial. The Philadelphia Democrat is charged with defrauding the state Senate and two nonprofits out of more than $3.5 million.

The former senator concedes that he had Senate staffers install a stereo on his boat, work his re-election campaign and keep track of payments for his rental properties.

But Fumo says he never "ordered" anyone to perform what he termed favors from friends.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Pease, though, noted that Fumo set the employees' salaries and annual raises.

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