The United States Attorney's Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania
Middle District of Pennsylvania Docket Number 3:09-CR-00247
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- 8/31/09: Federal officials announce the filing of a Criminal Information and Plea Agreement against a Luzerne County businessman accused of aiding Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan avoid detection in Tax Fraud Scheme
Robert K. Mericle is charged with concealing and failing to report a felony to federal authorities. The Information alleges Mericle had knowledge of the actual commission of a felony, a conspiracy between Michael T. Conahan and Mark A. Ciaveralla, Jr. to defraud the United States of income tax due and owing for tax years 2003 and 2005 through 2007. The information further alleges that Mericle concealed and failed to disclose his knowledge of this crime to federal investigators, to a federal grand jury, or to a judge or other person in civil or military authority. Mericle faces a maximum of three years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. As part of his plea agreement with the government, Mericle has agreed to pay $2,150,000 for the purpose of funding programs for the health, safety and general welfare of children of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.