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Woman charged with trying to smuggle cell phones into prison

U.S. soldiers conduct riot control training at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on June 7, 2018.

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By ED WHITE, DAVID EGGERT AND ZEKE MILLER | Associated Press | Published: November 19, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Missouri woman has been indicted after she allegedly tried to have cell phones smuggled into a federal prison in Kansas.

Karilyn Primeau, 47, of Smithville, Missouri, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister announced Thursday.

Primaeu is married to an inmate at the U.S. Army Disciplinary Barracks in Leavenworth. The indictment alleges she paid a guard to smuggle cell phones into the prison for inmates to use.

If convicted, Primeau could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.