According to the paperwork, Mericle knew about the "cash for kids" scheme involving judges Michael Conahan and Mark Ciaveralla. Authorities say the two judges received more than 2 million dollars in connection to the construction of juvenile detention centers. We're told Mericle knew about the crime and didn't reveal it to investigators.
Mericle faces 3 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He's also agreed to pay more than 2.1 million dollars to fund programs that improve the welfare of children in Luzerne County.