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Press Release

Postal Carrier Arrested For Theft Of Government Property

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, Florida – Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the arrest of Orville Dwight Hylton (40, Riverview), on a federal complaint, charging him with theft of government property. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment for each offense.

According to the complaint, Hylton, a United States Postal Service mail carrier, attempted to sell nearly $20,000 worth of fraudulently obtained United States Treasury checks, in other peoples’ names, for a discounted amount. The addresses on the fraudulent tax refund checks were located in the same postal zip code, where Hylton delivered the United States mail 

This case was part of an ongoing joint investigative effort by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Postal Service - Office of the Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelley Howard-Allen.  

A criminal complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

Updated January 26, 2015