Former Sandusky attorney investigated by Cumberland Co. D.A. for possible misappropriation of client funds

By Jon Campisi | Mar 11, 2014

One of the attorneys who represented Jerry Sandusky during the former

Penn State assistant football coach’s child molestation case is under investigation for alleged misappropriation of client funds.

Lawyer Karl Rominger, who along with attorney Joseph Amendola represented the since-imprisoned Sandusky, is being investigated by county prosecutors for possibly misappropriating a “significant amount” of client funds in a divorce case, according to the office of Cumberland County District Attorney David J. Freed.

Freed said he learned from two sources of the possible misappropriation of funds on March 5.

He met with William Costopoulos, the attorney who says he is representing Rominger, the following day, at which time Costopoulos informed the prosecutor that his client would be cooperating with any potential investigation.

“We have handled many significant theft investigations in the last few years,” Freed said in a statement provided by his office. “Such investigations are document driven and, done correctly, require complex forensic accounting. We are currently engaged in that process.

“Anyone who has observed my office over my time as District Attorney knows that we file criminal charges based on evidence alone,” Freed continued. “Public statements by suspects, even inculpatory statements, can be important evidence but are not sufficient basis by themselves to support a criminal charge.”

Freed said his office would continue to investigate the allegations of misappropriation of funds and file charges if and when the evidence supports such action.

Anyone with additional information is being asked to contact the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office at 717-240-6217.

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