Denver: Michael Guzman Pleads Guilty To Defrauding

Denver, N.C. Man, Michael Guzman Pleads Guilty To Federal Charges For Defrauding His Former Employer Of More Than $4 Million

CHARLOTTE, N.C (STL.News) Michael Guzman, 43, of Denver, N.C., appeared before U.S. District Judge David S. Cayer and pleaded guilty to federal charges for defrauding his former employer of more than $4 million, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Robert R. Wells, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, joins Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer in making today’s announcement.

According to the filed criminal information to which Guzman pleaded guilty, other documents filed in this case and statements made in court, from June 2019 to May 2020, Guzman executed a scheme to defraud his employer, identified in court documents as Company A, of more than $4 million, by improperly auctioning off Company A’s assets and funneling the proceeds through shell companies he formed to perpetuate the fraud.

According to plea documents, Guzman was employed by Company A from March 2008 until the company fired him for his conduct in May 2020.  Company A is a large equipment rental company headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., that rents out on-road and off-road machinery for construction and other purposes. 

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