On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, Means, of Merced, CA (age 36), entered guilty pleas to felony charges of Grand Theft (CA Penal Code §487) and State Income Tax Evasion (CA Revenue and Taxation Code §19706). Mean also admitted an enhancement alleging the amount of stolen funds were over $200,000.
As part of the negotiated plea, Means submitted partial restitution - a bank cashier's check for $150,000 - to the victim, his previous employer, AMG Resources Corporation of Lathrop.
Means was accused, as the Plant Manager of the victim's business, of using his position to secretly transfer raw material from his employer's facility to a different recycler in Atwater, CA for personal payments in excess $455,000 between August 2013 and May 2016.
Means was also accused of filing state income tax returns for the tax years of 2013, 2014 and 2015 without declaring the money he received as part of the scheme mentioned above.
This case was brought to the District Attorney's Office by the Lathrop Police Department (San Joaquin County Sheriff) with the participation of the Criminal Investigative Division of the California State Franchise Tax Board.
Means will return to court on March 27, 2018, for sentencing.
This case is one of many cases filed by the San Joaquin District Attorney involving executives and bookkeeping staff charged with embezzlement from local employers. District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar asks local businesses to maintain strong accounting controls and full insurance coverage to protect their businesses and the jobs these businesses provide for the community.
Deputy District Attorney Stephen E. Taylor prosecuted. Defendant Carl Means was represented by Attorney Paul Fromson of Merced, CA. The victim/employer AMG Resources Corporation is represented by Attorney James S. Brown, Duane Morris, LLP of San Francisco.
For questions contact Deputy District Attorney Stephen E. Taylor at 209-468-2419.