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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 29, 2014

Former Prison Employee Charged With Providing Contraband To Allenwood Inmate

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced today that charges have been filed against Megan Shellenberger, currently a resident of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Shellenberger, age 30, is charged in a one-count Information with providing contraband – cell phones – in December 2013 to an inmate serving a sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, Allenwood Federal Penitentiary, White Deer, Pennsylvania, while Shellenberger was employed there.  Shellenberger has resigned from the Bureau of Prisons.

     The government also filed a plea agreement in the case which is subject to the approval of the Court.   

     The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Prisons, Office of Inspector General, and Bureau of Prisons Special Investigation Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Wayne P. Samuelson is assigned to prosecute the case.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations.  All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statues and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is one year imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs.  For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Updated April 9, 2015