Merced man wanted in embezzlement case surrenders to Lathrop police


Carl Joseph Means of Merced turned himself into Lathrop Police on Tuesday. An arrest warrant was issued for Means by San Joaquin Superior Court on May 31 for allegedly embezzling more than $455,000 from Lathrop-based AMG Resources Corporation, a scrap metal recycling company.

Carl Means

The original complaint filed by the San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office was amended to include three counts of felony tax evasion for three tax years where Means filed tax returns without declaring the income from the theft.

Those counts are added to two other counts, including grand theft and an intent to defraud.

Court documents allege Means sold $455,949.28 worth of scrap during his employment from 2013 to 2016 as a plant manager for AMG. He sold the materials to Atwater-based Atwater Iron & Metal without authorization from his employer.

Means was released on pre-trial monitoring during an arraignment hearing today pending discovery. Judge Ron A. Northup ordered Means to be fitted with a GPS tracker that he will wear until arraignment on July 26.

Means isn’t considered a flight risk. However, he was ordered to surrender his passport to his defense attorney and forbidden to leave the state. He is also ordered to stay away from AMG Resources and any of its employees.

Paul Fromson of Lampe and Fromson Attorneys at Law in Merced is providing defense.

More will be provided on this story as it develops.


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