Kids for Cash updates from Prison Legal News

First the article:

Remember it took 6 years and 2 dedicated reporters to bring 2 judges, one bankster who knew about the bribes and did nothing and did nothing, reported nothing (18 USC sec 4, misprison of felony, plus numerous banking reporting laws) to justice.

Now the aftermath:

on March 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of one of the former judges who challenged his conviction and federal prison sentence. The refusal leaves intact a Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the conviction and 28-year sentence imposed on former Luzerne County judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr., 63. See: United States v. Ciavarella, 716 F.3d 705 (3d Cir. 2013), cert. denied. Fellow former Luzerne County judge Michael T. Conahan is serving a 17½ year sentence after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy. [See: PLN, Nov. 2011, p.14].

And the Treasury Dept went after the bankster involved:

Additionally, in March 2015 the First National Community Bank in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, used by Conahan to channel the bribes into secret accounts, was fined $1.5 million in civil penalties for failing to file reports of suspicious activity, despite what regulators said were numerous “red flags” during the five-year bribery scheme, according to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FCEN). Conahan was a member of the bank’s board.

“The bank was harmed by this activity and strongly condemns the conduct of those individuals whose actions are described therein,” said Andrew Sandler, counsel to First National. The $1.5 million fine, Sandler said, “is preferable to enduring the many additional years of contested litigation that would result from challenging the allegations described in the order.”

A special master appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after the so-called “Kids for Cash” scandal first broke in 2008 found that “a very substantial number” of the thousands of juveniles who passed through Ciavarella’s court did not knowingly or intelligently waive their right to counsel. The investigation found “that there was routine deprivation of children’s constitutional rights to appear before an impartial tribunal and to have an opportunity to be heard.” [See: PLN, June 2010, p.26; Nov. 2009, p.42; May 2009, p.20].

The class-action suit, consisting of nine consolidated cases, was filed against Robert J. Powell, who co-owned the two detention centers – PA Child Care and Western PA Child Care. Powell pleaded guilty and was sentenced in November 2011 to 18 months in federal prison for failing to report a felony and being an accessory to a crime for paying $770,000 in bribes to Ciavarella and Conahan. [See: PLN, May 2012, p.28]. Powell, 55, a former Luzerne County attorney, along with his former business partner, Gregory R. Zappala, owned the private juvenile detention facilities, one in Pittston, in northeastern Pennsylvania, and the other in Butler, in the western part of the state. Powell has since been disbarred.

Note that in Penn they disbarred the attorney involved who masterminded the juvenile detention facility.  In Illinois, we suspend for years the attorneys reporting the Seniors for Cash programs in Illinois courts.  We ignore the banksters reaping in the profits.

Former judge Ciavarella was convicted by a federal jury of racketeering conspiracy, four counts of honest services mail fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and four counts of subscribing to a materially false tax return. In addition to his 28-year prison sentence he received four years of supervised release and was ordered to pay restitution of $1,173,791.94, forfeit $997,600 and pay a $1,200 special assessment.

You would note that with the forfeit of nearly $1 million, that the feds would be interested in the Sykes case–$1 million missing, Alice Gore $1.5 million missing, Tyler–$8 million, Drabik $1 million, Stone – $600,000 (I have to mention this case because I was told specificially not to, which means the miscreants are getting investigated and shaking in their shoes, otherwise why would they care about a simple blog?)

Assuming the pending $4.75 million settlement with Powell is approved, the settlements in the class-action suit will total $25 million. Powell’s portion may be more, depending on the income he receives from other outstanding legal cases by December 2016. The class members include all juveniles who appeared before Ciavarella’s court between January 1, 2003 and May 28, 2008, who were adjudicated delinquent or placed in the for-profit detention facilities.

Here’s a fun exercise.  Let’s imagine the above article when “Seniors for Cash” stuff hits the fan.  What judges would YOU name, my probate victims? What banksters would you name who looked the other way?  How many authorities was this reported to and they did nothing?  Would the families of Wyman, Gore, Sykes, Tyler, Drabik, Richards, Baker get a $25 million class action settlement?

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