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Patrick Regan sentenced in Allentown's pay-to-play scheme

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Patrick Regan's attorney told 69 News she had no comment as she left the federal courthouse in Philadelphia shortly after his sentencing.

Regan pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

His former company, the Efficiency Network, was hired to upgrade Allentown's street lights and according to court documents, he conspired with former Allentown Managing Director Francis Dougherty to give his company those contracts.

Facing a maximum sentence of six months in prison, Regan gave an emotional statement to the court.

"I'd like to offer an apology to the people of Allentown. I'm deeply saddened that my participation has played a role in weakening their trust in government. Along the way there were opportunities for me to be honest. I failed and I deeply regret my actions," he said.

The judge took that statement into consideration, and Regan was sentenced to three years of probation. The judge says during the first six months, Regan will be confined to his home and be required to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Regan was also sentenced to 40 hours of community service during which he will volunteer as a community speaker to talk about business ethics. Regan's attorney also told the court that because he is a convicted felon he lost his law license, was fired from his job with the Efficiency Network, and is constantly in fear of losing his current job due to the high profile nature of this case.

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