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.


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.