Two men admit having mail that was stolen from condo mailboxes

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel

By Paula McMahon

Published November 5, 2015

Two men admit they possessed mail that was stolen from Broward condo mailboxes

Two South Florida men have pleaded guilty to possession of mail that was stolen from condominium complexes in Broward County.

Anthony Bouquette, 24, who is from Broward County but lives in Valdosta, Ga., because his wife is in the military, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two federal charges of possessing stolen mail.

James Mathurin, 24, of Fort Lauderdale, who said he worked as a Fort Lauderdale camp counselor for the past five years, also pleaded guilty last month to two counts of possessing stolen mail.

Prosecutor Randy Katz said both men illegally possessed mail that was stolen from condos in Deerfield Beach, Lauderhill, Sunrise and Wilton Manors between February and September 2011.

The two men separately deposited checks that were stolen from outgoing mailboxes at the condominium complexes, authorities said. The checks, which were made out to pay bills from various companies, were stolen from mail that residents placed in the outgoing mailboxes, according to court records.

Mail was stolen from several communities including Manor Grove Village in Wilton Manors, Inverrary in Lauderhill, Bella Mar in Deerfield Beach and Water Bridge West in Sunrise, records show.

Both men, who are free on bond, face a maximum of five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when they are sentenced in January.