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School won't pay legal fees

September 20, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

MIDLAND, Pa. (AP) - The board of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School has voted to stop paying the legal fees of its founder and former chief executive officer, who was indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month on charges he siphoned more than $8 million from the school through a network of profit and nonprofit companies he also controlled.

Nicholas Trombetta, 58, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the school already had paid at least $200,000 to Trombetta's attorney before he was indicted before voting Monday to cease payments.

Trombetta allegedly bought a $1 million Florida condominium, houses for his girlfriend and mother, and spent nearly $1 million on living expenses since 2006. Federal prosecutors say he tucked away most of the rest of the money in a shell company for his retirement.

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