Man sentenced for stealing checks out of SWFL mailboxes, cashing them

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Juan Lisber Iriarte-Sanchez (Credit: LCSO booking photo)

A Coconut Creek man was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for stealing checks out of Southwest Florida mailboxes and cashing them.

Juan Iriarte-Sanchez, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal use of personal identification of 10 or more individuals and 16 counts of uttering forged instruments.

Iriarte-Sanchez stole checks out of residential mailboxes, washed the writing off them and made them out to himself, cashing them at various banks. Authorities say there were 12 victims and 16 separate checks.

Iriarte-Sanchez was sentenced to three years minimum mandatory in prison followed by four years of probation for the first count. He was also ordered to pay $9,391.14 to various banks for restitution. He was sentenced to three years in prison for the other counts to run concurrently to count one.

Victims were reported in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lee County and Charlotte County.

Iriarte-Sanchez was arrested in November 2020 by the Cape Coral Police Department.

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