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Man Charged with Mail Theft for Stealing Dozens of Letters Containing $200,000 in Checks from Residence in Lantana

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

A grand jury in West Palm Beach today returned an indictment charging a man with mail theft in Lantana, Florida. 

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Sean Scheller, Chief of Police for the Town of Lantana, Florida, and Lesley Allison, Acting Inspector in Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Miami Division, made the announcement.

Marchello Wilbon, 34, of West Palm Beach, was charged in a one-count indictment with mail theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1708. (Case No. 19-80119-CR-Ruiz).  The defendant faces up to 5 years imprisonment, and up to $250,000 in fines on the charge if convicted. 

According to court documents, including the indictment and criminal complaint, on July 15, 2019, at approximately 8:30 a.m., a Lantana resident who lives on S.E. Atlantic Drive placed multiple letters containing approximately thirty-nine checks with face value of approximately $200,000 in the mailbox located outside the resident’s home for pick up by the U.S. Postal Service.  Wilson is charged with stealing the mail, containing the checks, from the resident’s mailbox.

U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of the Lantana Police Department and the USPIS.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Jorgensen.

An indictment and criminal complaint contain accusations.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

Updated July 19, 2019