|Criminal charge(s)||Money laundering, fraud and racketeering|
|Criminal penalty||17.5 years and $874,000|
|Criminal status||Federal inmate #15009-067 Federal Correctional Institution, Coleman Low|
Conahan, as president judge, used his budgetary discretion to stop funding the county public youth detention facility and agreed to send teens instead to a new private facility. He is accused of agreeing to generate at least $1.3 million per year in costs that could be billed to taxpayers in exchange for kickbacks. He originally pleaded guilty to charges, but later withdrew his plea. Afterward, he was indicted along with Ciavarella on charges of money laundering, fraud and racketeering. He eventually plead guilty again, and on September 23, 2011, he was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison and ordered to pay $874,000 in restitution. 
Conahan was born April 21, 1952 in Hazleton. He attended Temple University, where he received his law degree. He served from 1994-2008 as Judge on the Court of Common Pleas and in January 2008 became president judge of Luzerne County.
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