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A local activist who works to empower and lift up local youth was arrested and extradited to Louisville Kentucky. Shawn Mahone is the founder of Young Men and Women for Change.

The arrest stems from a two-count indictment handed down in 2010.    

Shawn Mahone is locked up in a Louisville Kentucky jail on a $20,000 bond. He's accused of forgery, insurance fraud and a felony probation violation. The doors at his office where he holds his scared straight program were locked.  

The program helps defiant teens who disrespect their parents, skip school and even commit crimes. Dawn Thayer's daughter went through the program. She was shocked to hear about his arrest.

"Although yes he is in trouble and it is shocking and kind of disappointing. I believe it is his past coming back to haunt him and that he can if and when this goes away that he can use this too help his program some more," says Thayer.

According to Jefferson County Circuit Court documents this arrest warrant was issued for Mahone after he missed a court appearance. In 2010 he was indicted after he filed a stolen vehicle report and reported a claim with his insurance carrier. He allegedly altered documents in support of an "insurance claim in the name of himself" knowing the documents contained false information. Investigators tell 13abc Mahone was sent two checks totaling $16,290.40.

"Its shocking to me. I realize we all have pasts and sometimes our past come back to haunt us especially when we are going good," says Thayer.

Parents are concerned if the boot camp program will continue. Jennifer Rupert says it helped her daughter.

"I see a lot of kids that are off the hook. They are running around doing what they want when they want regardless of what happens to anybody . And this program holds them accountable for their actions," says Rupert.

She can't believe Mahone who's known for teaching kids to  stay out of trouble isn't practicing what he preaches. She has a message for him.    

"Handle your business. He tells everybody to handle their business handle your business. Do what you have to do and get back up here for this program," she says.

A program that's supposed to hold its 45th session tomorrow. Mahone will face a judge tomorrow.

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