A Texas woman has been charged in federal court with escaping from custody at a halfway house located in Leavenworth, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A Texas woman has been charged in federal court with escaping from custody at a halfway house located in Leavenworth, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Chrystal Rippey, 38, formerly of Marshall, Texas, was charged Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, with one count of escaping federal custody, according to the release from the office of Stephen McAllister, U.S. attorney for Kansas.

In May 2015, Rippey was sentenced to five years in federal prison for wire fraud. She pleaded guilty to defrauding a Texas couple who gave her more than $22,000 as part of a plan to adopt her unborn twins. In fact, Rippey lied to the couple and she was not pregnant, according to the release.

On July 17, 2018, Rippey turned up missing from the Grossman Residential Reentry Center in Leavenworth. She was arrested later in Monroe, Louisiana.

If convicted, she faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.