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    Sister of online public school founder gets probation

    July 31, 2018

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The sister of a former online public school CEO has been sentenced to probation for helping her brother hide some of the $8 million he stole.

    Elaine Trombetta Neill, of Aliquippa, received a two-year probationary sentence Monday. She had pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return, and cooperated with investigators in the prosecution of her brother.

    She admitted forming a shell company to help her brother hide the money.

    Nick Trombetta acknowledged using the money to buy, among other things, a $933,000 Florida condominium and $180,000 for houses for his mother and girlfriend in Ohio.

    A former accountant, 62-year-old Neal Prence, was sentenced this month to a year and a day in prison.

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