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IRS agents testify in Pa. judge corruption case

  Law Center  -   POSTED: 2011/02/14 15:57

Federal prosecutors have rested in the corruption trial of a former northeastern Pennsylvania judge charged with taking part in a $2.8 million kickback scheme involving privately-owned juvenile detention centers.

Two IRS agents testified Monday morning in the trial of ex-Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella. Prosecutors say Ciavarella and another judge disguised extortion payments as rent on a condo in Florida.

IRS agent Ray Eppley testified that the judges failed to pay nearly $500,000 in taxes on illicit income.

The state Supreme Court threw out thousands of juvenile convictions issued by Ciavarella, saying he disregarded the constitutional rights of the defendants. He has denied breaking any laws.

The second judge pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and awaits sentencing.



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