Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta has retained a trio of Washington, D.C.-based white collar defense attorneys to fight the 11-count federal indictment against him, according to motions filed today.
Now representing Mr. Trombetta are Adam S. Hoffinger, Robert A. Salerno and Jeremy B. Merkelson, of the Pennsylvania Avenue firm Morrison & Foerster.
Mr. Hoffinger's firm biography indicates that he has defended high-ranking executives "from some of the world's largest companies," plus members of Congress and White House staff. He could not be reached for comment.
Mr. Salerno, who like Mr. Hoffinger is a partner in the firm, declined comment.
Former U.S. attorney J. Alan Johnson remains part of the defense team, according to the docket. He could not be immediately reached for comment.
Mr. Trombetta, of East Liverpool, Ohio, has pleaded not guilty to charges of mail fraud, theft or bribery from a program receiving federal funds, tax conspiracy and filing a false tax return. All are related to alleged diversion of funds from the school, which he left last year.
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