Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School founder seeks four-month delay in criminal trial

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Nick Trombetta, founder of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, is seeking a four-month postponement of deadlines in the federal criminal case against him, according to a motion filed today.

According to the motion by Mr. Trombetta’s Washington, D.C., attorneys, prosecutors have “produced more than 2.1 terabytes of electronic data, or approximately 4.1 million documents,” in discovery. Prosecutors have told the defense team that there are around 228,000 documents still to come.

The defense is asking for a postponement of pretrial motions until July 14, and indicated in its motion that the prosecution does not object to that.

U.S. District Chief Judge Joy Flowers Conti can rule on the motion.

Mr. Trombetta has pleaded not guilty to an 11-count indictment including charges of mail fraud, theft or bribery from a program receiving federal funds, tax conspiracy and filing a false tax return through his leadership of the Midland-based school. He is accused of siphoning nearly $1 million from the public charter school through a network of vendors to himself and others.


Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542, or on Twitter @richelord.


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