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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... Read More

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.

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Blewett sentenced in identity theft case

Catherine Ann McMurry Blewett, of Manteca, was sentenced in San Joaquin Superior Court after pleading guilty to charges of identity theft.

Judge Carter Holly sentenced the 49-year-old woman to three years in state prison for false impersonation of another. Blewett was arraigned in Lodi on April 17, after being arrested April 14.


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Ripon woman arrested on charges of embezzlement and elderly abuse

STOCKTON – An arrest was made today of a Ripon woman facing embezzlement and elder abuse charges.

Sandra Vallerga Marchman was arrested for allegedly embezzling more than $148,000 and committing elder abuse. The crimes were committed over a period of about four years from 2010 to 2014.

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Stockton man sentenced for embezzlement of Lodi company

STOCKTON – In another case of identity theft and embezzlement, a Stockton man was sentenced for crimes against a Lodi-based company and ex-employees.

Juan Antonio Contreras of Stockton, pleaded guilty to felony grand theft and three counts of misdemeanor identity theft on May 3 in Stockton Superior Court.


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Modesto doctors charged in $40M kickback scheme

Five Modesto-based physicians have been charged as part of a scheme allegedly defrauding statewide workers’ compensation insurance.

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High-tech holdups: the rising threat of ransomware

STOCKTON — When it comes to ransomware, one of the most insidious cybersecurity threats out there, Verve Networks CEO Jeff Gilbert says two things are true: most small businesses think they won’t be a target, and all of them are vulnerable.

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