Ex-attorney Rominger pleads guilty to income tax evasion

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A former Carlisle attorney who represented former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky at his child sexual abuse trial has admitted to tax evasion.

Karl E. Rominger, 43, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia Rambo to tax evasion and failure to file a federal tax return.

U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said Rominger attempted to evade federal income taxes from 2006 to 2010 and made false statements to IRS agents about his business accounts. He said Rominger also failed to file a federal income tax return for 2012.

As part of the plea agreement, Rominger agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $116,822. He faces a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $125,000 fine at sentencing.

In May, Rominger admitted in Cumberland County Court to stealing $767,000 in client funds for personal uses that included gambling at casinos. He pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception and 18 misdemeanor counts of misapplication of entrusted property.

His sentencing in that case is scheduled next month.

He voluntarily surrendered his law license and was disbarred last year.

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