- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A federal judge has set a June 6 trial date for Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School Founder Nicholas Trombetta.

The East Liverpool, Ohio man was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2013 on 11 counts of mail fraud, bribery, tax conspiracy and filing false tax returns.

Prosecutors allege he siphoned more than $8 million from the school after founding it in 2000.

The trial has been delayed by several defense motions.

U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti on Monday denied a motion to dismiss the tax conspiracy charge and rejected a motion to hold separate trials for Trombetta and Thomas Prence. Prence was Trombetta’s accountant and is accuse of helping him shield the money from federal taxes.

Trombetta and Prence have pleaded not guilty and their attorneys have denied wrongdoing.


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