2 judges to plead guilty to corruption

January 26, 2009 11:23:02 AM PST
Two judges in Luzerne County have agreed to plead guilty to public corruption and to serve more than seven years in federal prison. Federal prosecutors say that President Judge Mark Ciavarella and Judge Michael Conahan participated in a $2.6 million scheme to defraud taxpayers by taking kickbacks related to the construction of juvenile detention facilities in Luzerne County and elsewhere.

Prosecutors said Monday in a news release the scheme lasted from January 2003 to April 2007.

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