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West Palm Beach Man Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Dozens of Letters From Residence in Lantana With Over $170,000 in Checks Inside

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

FORT LAUDERDALE - Marchello Wilbon, 34, of West Palm Beach, Florida was sentenced today to one year and a day in prison, to by followed by two years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz II, after previously pleading guilty to mail theft (Case No. 19-CR-80119). 

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.

According to court documents, including the indictment, criminal complaint and factual proffer in the plea agreement, on July 15, 2019, at approximately 8:30 am, a Lantana resident who lives on S.E. Atlantic Drive placed letters containing 39 checks with face value of approximately $171,599 in the mailbox located outside the resident’s home  for pick up by the U.S. Postal Service.  Wilbon was 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 USPIS.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Jorgensen.

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

Updated December 20, 2019