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Former PA Cyber School CEO seeks dismissal of fraud charges

| Saturday, July 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Dave Conti | Tribune-Review
Nick Trombetta (right), founder of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in Midland, leaves U.S. District Court, Downtown, with his attorney J. Alan Johnson in 2013.

A federal grand jury in August indicted PA Cyber Charter School founder and former CEO Nicholas Trombetta of East Liverpool, Ohio, on 11 counts of mail fraud, bribery, tax conspiracy and filing false tax returns.

Trombetta used his position as the head of PA Cyber, its curriculum provider and other related entities to siphon at least $1 million in tax dollars paid to the school, prosecutors said.

Trombetta, who resigned from the school in June 2012, asked U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti in June to dismiss the charges. He claims federal agents knowingly recorded his conversations with four attorneys who advised him during the investigation.

Documents collected for the case equal more than 2.1 terabytes of electronic data, or about 4.1 million documents.

The government has until July 25 to respond to Trombetta's allegation.

No trial date is set.

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