Robert Mericle Starts Prison Time Today

06.02.14 | Sarah Harnisch

One of the key figures in the “Kids for Cash” scandal in Luzerne County has to report to prison today. In April, Robert Mericle  was sentenced to one year behind bars, plus a year of probation and a $250,000 fine.  He will serve his time at the minimum security Schuylkill Federal Prison Camp near Minersville. Mericle admitted to paying a $2 million finder's fee to Luzerne County judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan as part of the construction of a new facility to house juvenile offenders.