Ex-attorney Rominger waives hearing in theft case

Karl Rominger, left, with attorney William Costopoulos
Karl Rominger, left, with attorney William Costopoulos

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – An attorney who was on Jerry Sandusky’s defense team has waived a preliminary hearing on theft and money laundering charges.

Karl Rominger, 41, of Carlisle, is accused of stealing more than $535,000 from clients for personal uses that included gambling at various casinos.

By waiving the hearing, he does not accept guilt, but allows the charges to proceed to Cumberland County Court. A formal arraignment is scheduled June 25.

According to the criminal complaint, Rominger took $270,833 from a woman who was awarded $500,000 after a car crash, another $147,883 from the sale of a divorced couple’s marital home, and $116,418 from an inheritance.

He surrendered his law license after the investigation began last March.

He faces 25 counts total; five counts each of theft by unlawful taking, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by deception, misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial institutions, and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity.

Rominger has said he will accept responsibility for the charges and others that have not yet been filed. Court records indicate he owes $308,000 to the IRS for failing to pay income taxes eight times between 2000 and 2010.

He also says he’s stopped gambling at casinos.

“There are three levels of victims here: Karl’s clients, and the end game here is to make them whole; the legal community, and by making his clients whole will address that; and Karl himself has been the victim of a serious gambling addiction,” defense attorney William Costopoulos said Wednesday. “It is not a defense, we’re not seeking public sympathy, but it’s the reality which has brought this unfortunate day about.”

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