2 Kansas men plead guilty to master key mail theft scheme - KCTV5

2 Kansas men plead guilty to master key mail theft scheme

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In their pleas, the men admitted they were members of a group of people in Wichita who stole mail containing checks and forms of identification by using stolen and counterfeited mailbox keys. (KCTV5) In their pleas, the men admitted they were members of a group of people in Wichita who stole mail containing checks and forms of identification by using stolen and counterfeited mailbox keys. (KCTV5)
WICHITA, KS (KCTV) -

Two Kansas men pleaded guilty Monday to taking part in a scheme to steal mail from Wichita mailboxes using a counterfeit mailbox master key, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Shalan D. Hiatt, 38, of Wichita, KS, pleaded guilty to one count of mail theft and one count of possession of a counterfeit mailbox master key. Jason A. Farner, 33, of Leavenworth, KS, pleaded guilty to two counts of mail theft.

In their pleas, the men admitted they were members of a group of people in Wichita who stole mail containing checks and forms of identification by using stolen and counterfeited mailbox keys. The men obtained checks and forged checks that they passed, or attempted to pass, at Wichita banks.

Hiatt admitted to using a counterfeit mailbox key to steal money orders from a mailbox at Pawnee and Elizabeth streets. The victim mailed money orders to pay for rent and other bills.

Farner admitted to obtaining money orders mailed at a collection box at 2510 S. Elizabeth Street. He wrote his name over the payee’s name in order to cash the money orders.

Sentencing for both defendants is set for Oct. 19.

Hiatt faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the mail theft count and up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other count.

Farner faces up to five years and a fine up to $250,000 on both counts.

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