A Leavenworth man has pleaded guilty to two federal charges of mail theft, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A Leavenworth man has pleaded guilty to two federal charges of mail theft, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jason A. Farner, 33, and another man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Wichita to taking part in a scheme to steal mail from Wichita mailboxes using a counterfeit mailbox master key, according to the release from the office of Tom Beall, U.S. attorney for Kansas.

In their pleas, Farner and Shalan D. Hiatt, 38, Wichita, 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. They obtained checks and forged checks that they passed, or attempted to pass, at Wichita banks.

Farner admitted to obtaining money orders. He wrote his name over the payee’s name in order to cash the money orders, according to the release.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 19. Farner faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on both counts.