“Kids for Cash” figure Powell and former prothonotary Moran satisfy obligations to bank

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WILKES-BARRE — “Kids for Cash” scandal figure Robert Powell and former prothonotary Jill Moran satisfied judgments obtained by First National Community Bank according to documents filed in Luzerne County Court Wednesday.


Filings directed the Luzerne County Prothonotary to mark the cases of Powell and his wife Debra, Moran and the Powell Law Group, “satisfied, settled, ended and discontinued with prejudice.”


There were no accompanying explanatory documents, nor was the amount indicated.


The Dunmore bank sought repayment of millions of dollars in loans for construction of a townhouse development known as “The Sanctuary” in Wright Township and to the Powell Law Group in Butler Township.


Powell served a federal prison sentence for his role in the juvenile justice scandal involving former judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan. The former judges, who also are serving lengthy federal prison sentences, participated in a $2.8 million kickback scheme related to the construction of two, for-profit juvenile detention centers and the placement of youths in the facilities in Pittston Township and Butler County. Powell was a co-owner of the facilities constructed by commercial real estate developer Robert Mericle, who is also serving a federal prison sentence, for his role in the scandal.


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