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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Corporation insider pleads guilty to wire fraud

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 41-year-old San Antonio man has admitted to wire fraud that resulted in a loss of $1,878,615.84, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Robert Morales Munguia Jr. knowingly submitted false work orders to his company in order to receive gifts and payments from outside vendors. He also admitted he knew the work would never be completed.

From Feb. 27, 2015, until April 12, 2018, Munguia worked as an environmental specialist at a Texas-based corporation. During that time, he conspired with outside contractors to bill for 68 false work orders that were never completed. In return, Munguia received various gifts and cash.

As a result of the scheme, the company paid almost $2 million.

Munguia was permitted to remain on bond pending sentencing, set for Nov. 6, before U.S. District Judge David Morales. At that time, Munguia faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

The Secret Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy C. Fugate is prosecuting the case.   

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Financial Fraud
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Updated July 28, 2020