Federal authorities say a former Garden State resident has been sentenced for his role in a bank fraud conspiracy.

24-year-old Brando Mancebo, formerly of Paterson, had previously pleaded guilty to possession of stolen mail and conspiracy to commit bank fraud charges.

On Wednesday, Mancebo was sentenced to 27 months behind bars.

According to court documents, Mancebo and others conspired to break into U.S. Postal Service collection boxes in Bergen, Hudson, and Morris Counties and steal mail.

They agreed to fraudulently deposit stolen checks into bank accounts associated with members of the conspiracy, even though they were not payees on the checks. Members of the conspiracy then withdrew funds from those accounts.

In addition to the prison term, Mancebo was also sentenced to five years of supervised release, he was ordered to pay over $106,000 in restitution, and he forfeited over $2,000.

U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger thanked special agents of U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Newark for their assistance in this case.

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