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Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, 4:03 p.m.

Federal prosecutors on Monday asked a judge for permission to keep their response secret from the public over claims that they recorded conversations between a former cyber school head and his attorneys.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Pittsburgh last year charged PA Cyber founder Nicholas Trombetta with 11 counts of mail fraud, bribery, tax conspiracy and filing false tax returns related to accusations he siphoned at least $1 million in tax dollars paid to the online school. No trial date has been scheduled.

Trombetta of East Liverpool, Ohio, resigned from the school in June 2012. He claims prosecutions illegally recorded conversations he had with four lawyers who advised him during the investigation and wants U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti to dismiss the case.

The judge has yet to rule on the government's request to file its response under seal. Lawyers for Trombetta in June filed a series of documents under seal.

PA Cyber is Midland, Beaver County, is the state's largest cyber charter school.

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