9/30/2011

Powell's sentencing scheduled for Nov. 4 - Staff report) Published: September 30, 2011 Read more: http://citizensvoice.com/news/powell-s-sentencing-scheduled-for-nov-4-1.1211126#ixzz1ZRscazDZ


Robert J. Powell, the former co-owner of two juvenile detention centers who testified he paid kickbacks to two Luzerne County judges, is to be sentenced in federal court Nov. 4, according to a court order issued Thursday.
Powell, who was an attorney, testified in February that he paid $770,000 to former judges Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan for their influence over the placement of juveniles in his centers in Pittston Township and Butler County.
Powell also played a role in the payment of $2.1 million to the two judges by Wilkes-Barre developer Robert K. Mericle, who built the two centers and has pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony.
Powell, 52, likely faces 21 to 27 months in prison for failing to report a felony and abetting tax evasion under his plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
Ciavarella is serving 28 years in prison. Conahan is serving 17 1/2 years.
Powell sold his interest in the detention centers to a partner when the federal kids-for-cash probe became public in 2008. He forfeited his law license after he was charged in 2009. Powell is free pending sentencing.

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