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SCRANTON — A Wilkes-Barre man has pleaded guilty in federal court to involvement in two Luzerne County jewelry store robberies and a bank robbery, as well as an insurance fraud scheme.


Kirk Robinson, 45, admitted his crimes before Senior U.S. District Judge James M. Munley on Oct. 24, U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith said Thursday.


Robinson pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to carry firearms in relation to the robbery of Steve Hydock Diamonds Jewelry store, Kingston, on May 5, 2008, and Dunay Jewelry store, Wilkes-Barre, on May 14, 2008.


He also pleaded guilty to the armed bank robbery of the M&T Bank, Hanover Township, occurring on October 30, 2010.


Robinson admitted that he planned and acted as a getaway driver in those three robberies.


Additionally, Robinson pleaded guilty to using the mail in a scheme to defraud an insurance company of $43,000.


He admitted that the scheme involved staging a robbery with a confederate, and filing a police report wherein he falsely claimed an armed robber stole jewelry from him.


Robinson faces up to 85 years in prison, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine, Smith said.


He did not indicate whether a sentencing date has been set.


In other federal court action:


• Judge Edwin M. Kosik sentenced Frank Louis Suriano, 45, of Pittston, to prison for 30 months for his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine between 2002 and April 2012.


Smith said Suriano’s role in the conspiracy included driving to New York City on numerous occasions to obtain cocaine for distribution in the Pittston area.


A co-conspirator of Suriano, John Estock, was sentenced by Judge Kosik to 24 months in prison on Oct. 8.


In addition to the 30-month term of imprisonment, Kosik also ordered Suriano be placed on supervised release for a period of four years following the service of his sentence, and that he pay a $600 fine.


• Kosik sentenced Leslie Williams, 31, of Duryea, to one year in prison for her involvement in a cocaine distribution ring centered in Pittston.


Smith said Williams admitted her role of receiving and distributing cocaine at a bar in Luzerne County where she worked during her guilty plea to the charge.


In addition, Kosik also ordered that Williams be placed on supervised release for a period of two years after she’s released from prison.

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