June 1st, 2017 - Yesterday at the request of the Lathrop (CA) Police Department and the San Joaquin District Attorney's Office an arrest warrant with bail set at $500k was issued for CARL JOSEPH MEANS (age 36) of Merced CA who previously served as Plant Manager for the Lathrop facility of AMG Resources Corporation, a metal recycler.
In a Felony Complaint filed with Superior Court Wednesday afternoon, Means is charged with Grand Theft and Falsification of Corporate Books. It's alleged that between 2013 and 2016 while plant manager Means looted inventory of his employer. Means reportedly arranged for a series of trucks to come in and take the AMG inventory to Atwater Iron and Metal in Atwater California where the materials were sold for checks made out to Means. The transfer of the inventory and the payments from Atwater were never entered into the books of AMG, and the checks by Atwater Iron and Metal were made to Means personally. In all it is alleged that Means realized $455,949.28 from the scheme, none of which was turned over to his employer.
The forensic examination of the 4 years involved in these events was that the plant manager suspended the Christmas Bonuses of the workers claiming that the plant was performing too poorly to continue the longstanding practice. The District Attorney is concerned that embezzlements that occur in the community are prevented, detected early and stopped. Unchecked embezzlements quickly and directly cost jobs, benefits and retirements of local workers and ownership. The difference between a small and a large case is how long it went undetected. The District Attorney takes very seriously the protection of the community from criminal activity that threatens life and livelihood. We urge all local businesses to get training and adopt practices to avoid, detect, stop and recover from embezzlements. Consultation with experts to design workflows which include checks and balances is good to do.
Mr. Means is believed to be somewhere in the Los Angeles area. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts or this case is asked to call the Lathrop Police Department Detective Ryan Luiz at 209-647-6407.
These Charges are accusations only and Mr. Means is presumed to be not guilty of these charges unless and until a conviction results later in court.
Any Questions Please Call Deputy District Attorney Stephen E. Taylor at 209-468-2419.