CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 42-year-old San Antonio man has been ordered to federal prison after he 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. pleaded guilty July 28, 2020.
Today, U.S. District Judge David Morales handed Munguia a 24-month sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. He was further ordered to pay a $1,878,615.84 in restitution. At the hearing, the court heard additional testimony from the victim describing the effect of the fraud on the corporation.
Munguia 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, he received various gifts and cash.
As a result of the scheme, the company paid almost $2 million.
Mungui was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Secret Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Robert Thorpe and former AUSA Jeremy C. Fugate prosecuted the case.