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Federal Inmate Charged with Escape

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 26-year-old former Wilkes-Barre resident was charged today with escaping from a halfway house in Scranton.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, his office filed a Criminal Information against Mia Robichaux, a federal inmate who had been serving a prison sentence for her role in a drug trafficking conspiracy that operated in Wilkes-Barre in 2007. Robichaux was serving the last phase of a 24-month sentence and failed to appear as directed at a halfway house in Scranton.

     The charge against Robichaux stems from an investigation by the United States Marshals Service.

     The United States today also filed a plea agreement in the case. Robichaux faces up to five years in prison if she is convicted of the crime.

     The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

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An indictment and criminal information is not evidence of guilt but simply a description of the charge made by the United States Attorney against a defendant. A charged defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the United States has proved the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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