Ex-Judge Gets 17 1/2 Years In 'Kids For Cash' Scheme

Law360, New York (September 23, 2011, 9:38 PM EDT) -- The second Pennsylvania judge involved in a $2.8 million "kids for cash" scheme was sentenced in federal court Friday to 17 1/2 years in prison for directing juvenile offenders to private detention facilities in exchange for cash from contractors.

Michael Conahan, a former judge at the Court of Common Pleas for Luzerne County, pled guilty in July 2010 to racketeering charges for his role in facilitating funding for two detention facilities and steering juveniles there in exchange for payments he concealed from the court.

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