Boggs' manager charged with embezzlement

Dec. 05, 2012 @ 11:56 AM

Juan Pablo Guarda, a former project manager with Boggs Paving, Inc., was arrested last week and charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, larceny by employees and conspiracy to commit a felony. 

Guarda's wife, Elisa Marie Guarda, was also arrested and charged with obtaining property by false pretenses and conspiracy to commit a felony. 

The arrests were made on Thursday, Nov. 29, following an incident report filed by Boggs Paving, Inc. on Monday, Nov. 19. 

The report stated that $888,680.82 had been embezzled. The report also shows that general building materials valued at $1,745.87 were taken. 

Guarda had worked for the company since 2005. 

“Juan Guarda has been permanently terminated from his position as Project Manager at Boggs Paving and has been arrested," Chief Executive Officer Drew Boggs said in a statement. "These actions were based on substantial evidence that we discovered, revealing that Guarda has apparently been involved in a very large embezzlement scheme against the company."

The case is currently under investigation. The Monroe Police Department are working with the Union County District Attorney's office as the investigation moves forward. 

“Boggs Paving has a system of financial checks and balances that allowed us to uncover this crime. We immediately brought the issue to the attention of authorities. Over the last few weeks, we have been working closely with the Monroe Police Department and the Union County District Attorney’s office to conduct a thorough investigation, assemble the facts and build a strong case," Boggs said.

According to the investigation report, Boggs had identified several inconsistencies in the billing of materials on job sites. His chief financial officer compiled the transactions in question and presented them to the Monroe Police Department. A certified public accountant reviewed the claim and agreed there is enough evidence to support it. 

“Even in the face of this significant financial crime committed against our company, we are still strong. The bad actions of one person cannot threaten the good work we do. As we move forward, we are reviewing how this crime happened and are taking appropriate steps to establish even stronger safeguards to ensure something like this never happens again," Boggs said in a released statement.