Former Jerry Sandusky attorney asking for no additional jail time for federal charges

HARRISBURG, Pa (WHTM) – A former Carlisle attorney who represented former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is asking a federal judge to go easy on him when he is sentenced next week for tax evasion.

Karl E. Rominger, 43, pleaded guilty in July 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.

In a court filing, Rominger’s attorney, William Costopoulos, asked the judge to sentence Rominger within the sentencing guidelines of 27 to 33 months in prison. He asked that sentence run concurrently with the sentence Rominger is already serving on state charges. So, essentially, if the judge follows Costopoulos’ suggestion, Rominger would not serve any additional time in prison.

In August, Rominger was sentenced to 5 ½ to 18 years in Cumberland County for stealing more than $767,000 from clients. Prosecutors said he stole from more than a dozen clients and spent the money on casino gambling and other interests.

Costopoulos cited Rominger’s gambling addiction as a reason for a lenient sentence on the federal charges. He also cited Rominger’s volunteer work with the community and pro-bono work he performed while he was still a member of the bar.

Rominger’s sentencing is scheduled for October 18 at the federal courthouse in Harrisburg.



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