Merced man wanted for scrap metal scheme involving Lathrop company

A Merced man is currently wanted for embezzling more than $455,000 from a Lathrop-based scrap metal recycling company.

Carl Joseph Means, an ex-plant manager for AMG Resources Corporation, allegedly sold $455,949.28 worth of scrap metal during his employment from 2013 to 2016. He sold the materials to Atwater-based Atwater Iron & Metal without authorization from AMG.

According to court documents, Means allegedly used personal vehicles, AMG trucks and a third-party trucking company to ship the materials to the Atwater company, which make checks payable to Means instead of AMG. The weight of metal sold totaled 7,077,749 pounds.

During his employment, Means reportedly suspended Christmas bonuses to AMG employees, claiming the plant was performing poorly.

In his investigation, Detective Ryan Luiz with the Lathrop Police Department talked with AMG employees who revealed they had allegedly been threatened with termination by Means if they reported what they believed to be suspicious activities on the part of Means and a truck driver.

Means was previously in custody, but released pending further investigation.

An arrest warrant for Means was issued by San Joaquin County Superior Court on May 31. Bail has been set at $500,000.

According to Stephen Taylor, Deputy District Attorney of San Joaquin County, Means is believed to currently be in the Los Angeles area. Those with information of his whereabouts or with information pertaining to the investigation are urged to contact Luiz at (209) 647-6407.