Posted on Mar 14, 2014
A lawyer who served on the defense team for the Jerry Sandusky trial is now under fire for potentially misappropriating client funds in another case and for failing to pay his taxes. Karl Rominger has voluntarily surrendered his Pennsylvania law license while he is under investigation. Details of the allegations are as follows:
A Cumberland County civil lawsuit brought against Rominger in late February stems from a divorce case in which the Carlisle attorney was representing Kathleen Gorton in her divorce from Edmund Gorton. The couple sold their home and tasked Rominger with divvying up the funds: $60,000 from the sale was supposed to go to Edmund Gorton and $87,883 to Kathleen Gorton. A Feb. 3 deadline passed, and after numerous phone calls and delays, Edmund Gorton’s attorney filed an emergency petition Feb. 28 against Rominger for failing to transfer the funds.
The Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the civil case against Rominger, who is cooperating fully with the county’s investigation. No criminal charges have been filed at this time. Rominger issued an audio statement March 8 stating in part, “I will do everything in my power to help those that I’ve wronged and to make whole any loss I’ve created.”
In other allegations, the Internal Revenue Service claims that Rominger owed $307,000 in back taxes from the period of 2000 to 2010. The IRS filed tax liens against him in both 2011 and 2012. It was unclear whether the liens have since been settled or are still outstanding. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has also filed $12,000 worth of tax liens against Rominger for the years 2003 to 2010.
Anyone whom Rominger was representing at the time he surrendered his law license is welcome to call the Cumberland County Bar Association at 717-249-3166 for help with finding new counsel.