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Michael Conahan
Criminal charge(s)Money laundering, fraud and racketeering
Criminal penalty17.5 years and $874,000
Criminal statusFederal inmate #15009-067 Federal Correctional Institution, Coleman Low

Michael Conahan is a former judge from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania who committed the "Kids for cash" scandal in 2008[1] with fellow judge Mark Ciavarella.

Conahan, as president judge, used his budgetary discretion to stop funding the county public youth detention facility[2] 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.[3] Afterward, he was indicted along with Ciavarella on charges of money laundering, fraud and racketeering.[4] 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. [5]


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.[6]


  1. Frank, Thomas (April 1, 2009). "Thomas Frank Says 'Kids for Cash' Incentivizes the Prison Industry". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
  2. "Judge Mark Ciavarella and Judge Michael Conahan". People You'll See in Hell. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  3. Janoski, Dave (August 24, 2009). "Ciavarella, Conahan withdraw guilty pleas". Retrieved 2010-03-09. line feed character in |date= at position 11 (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. "United States of America v Mark Ciavarella Jr and Michael Conahan". The United States Attorney's Office. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  5. "Former Luzerne judge Conahan sentenced to 17.5 years". September 23, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  6. "Michael Conahan". Retrieved 2010-03-09.