The founder and superintendent of one of Pennsylvania’s most successful cyber charter schools is facing federal charges of fraud for scheming taxpayer funds out of the school, according to a 41-page grand jury indictment.
The indictment claims Nicholas Trombetta, 58, of East Liverpool, Ohio, the founder of PA Cyber Charter School, and Mark Prence, 58, of Koppel, his accountant, shifted more than $8 million in Trombetta’s income between 2006 and 2012 to others to hide his true income.
One of the people he shifted the money to was his sister, Elaine Trombetta Neill, according to the indictment.
Trombetta faces three counts of mail fraud, three counts of theft or bribery concerning a program receiving federal funds, one count of tax conspiracy and five counts of filing a false tax return.
Both Trombetta and Prence are free on $50,000 unsecured bail, according to court papers.