Trio facing federal charges in connection with mail theft ring in NC, SC

CHARLOTTE — Three people are facing federal charges in connection with a mail theft ring in North and South Carolina, according to filed court documents.

A criminal indictment was unsealed Thursday in federal court, charging Haleem Gilliland, 23, of Charlotte, Shemar Walker, 20, of Atlanta, and Daron Wright, 20, of Shelby, with conspiracy to commit mail theft. Gilliland was also charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Law enforcement took Gilliland and Walker into custody on Wednesday. Wright has not been arrested at this point.

According to allegations, Gilliland, Walker, Wright and other co-conspirators stole letters, postal cards, packages, bags and other mail from the mailboxes of at least nine apartment complexes in the Carolinas between Nov. 2019 and Feb. 2020.

As alleged in the indictment, Gilliland and other co-conspirators used the stolen mail, including stolen driver’s licenses and credit cards, to pay for car rentals, hotel rooms and other personal expenditures.

The charge of conspiracy to commit mail theft has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The wire fraud charge has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory term of two years in prison, to be served consecutively to any other term of imprisonment imposed, and a $250,000 fine.

No other details have been released at this time.

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