Political Corruption

Detectives from the Office of the District Attorney are responsible for investigating cases of alleged political corruption and criminal acts involving local government officials, both elected and appointed.

Pennsylvania law dictates that County Detectives "...shall investigate and make reports to the District Attorney as to the conduct in the office of magistrates, constables, deputy constables, and other officers connected with the administration of criminal justice."   

Further, detectives from the Office of the District Attorney are in a unique position to effectively and fairly investigate allegations of misconduct lodged against any public official, and do so with the utmost professionalism and discretion.

Public corruption investigations are generally initiated from criminal allegations made by citizens, local and county government employees, public officials, other agency referrals, informants, and investigative leads from other cases.  The length of each investigation varies depending on the complexity of the case. 

Allegations of political corruption are reviewed and investigated with the strictest of confidence.  Once it is determined that a criminal violation has occurred, the case is thoroughly investigated.  The Detective Unit of the Office of the District Attorney also works closely with other local, state, and federal agencies when warranted to ensure that the interests of the people of Monroe County, and the Commonwealth, are being represented by their elected officials in a lawful and ethical manner.

To make an allegation of political corruption, or to speak with an investigator experienced in such investigations, contact Chief Detective Eric Kerchner at (570) 517-3109 or by email at ekerchner@monroecountypa.gov.

You may also request an investigation by visiting our Request an Investigation page.