CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) An attorney who represented former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky at his sex abuse trial was charged Friday with stealing more than a half-million dollars from clients and spending it on casino gambling and other interests.
Cumberland County detectives filed 25 charges of theft and misappropriation of funds against Karl Rominger, PennLive.com reported (http://bit.ly/1FE2yu1).
The 41-year-old stole $535,000 from three clients - a car accident victim, a spouse in a divorce case and the survivors of a woman whose estate Rominger represented, authorities said.
Rominger, who voluntarily surrendered his law license and was disbarred last spring, told PennLive.com that he has not gambled since March.
''I apologize to everybody that I wronged,'' he said. ''I look forward to accepting the consequences and putting this behind me, while making restitution.''
Authorities said their investigation is ongoing because claims of attorney-client privilege have barred access to some of Rominger's files.
''In these large white collar thefts it requires not only proving money is missing, but also tracing where it went,'' said District Attorney David Freed.
Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys. He is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term.
Information from: Pennlive.com, http://www.pennlive.com