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Date: 10-25-2022

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United States of America v. Samuel Allen Mouzon

Case Number: 1:22-cr-00200

Judge: Catherine C. Eagles

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (Guilford County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Greensboro, North Carolina criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with wire fraud.

Samule Allen Mouzon, age 62, from Lexington, North Carolina worked as the chief financial officer of a company in High Point for approximately twenty years. Between approximately December 2018 and February 2021, MOUZON embezzled approximately $2,038,285 for his own personal benefit and to fund purchases for himself and his family without the company’s knowledge or approval. During this time, the company received approximately $750,000 in federal pandemic relief funding. The Court ordered MOUZON to pay $2,038,285.66 in restitution to the victim company and an insurance company from which the victim company recovered a portion of the total loss.

In related civil and administrative proceedings, the United States forfeited numerous items of real and personal property that MOUZON paid for with proceeds of the offense, including several bank and investment accounts, a lake-front residence in Lexington, a second residence and two building lots in the same Lexington development, a condominium in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, two 2020 Jeep Wranglers, a 2020 GMC Yukon Denali, two boats, two 2017 jet skis, a 2021 Polaris four-wheeler, and two golf carts.

“Corporate executives who steal from their employers will be prosecuted in the Middle District of North Carolina, where our prosecutors will seek active prison sentences,” said U.S. Attorney Sandra J. Hairston. “With the unprecedented flow of federal dollars used to support businesses during the pandemic, the need for these prosecutions has never been greater.”

“Stealing from your employer and taking advantage of the Nation’s lifeline to small businesses impacted by the pandemic for personal gain is reprehensible,” said SBA OIG’s Eastern Region Special Agent in Charge Amaleka McCall-Brathwaite. “Our office will aggressively pursue evidence of wrongdoing and bring those responsible to justice. I want to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners for their dedication and commitment to seeing justice served.”

The investigation was jointly undertaken by the United States Secret Service and the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Small Business Administration. The civil case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lynne Klauer. The criminal case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Tanner Kroeger and Ashley Waid.

18 U.S.C. 1343 provides:

Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, signals, pictures, or sounds for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. If the violation occurs in relation to, or involving any benefit authorized, transported, transmitted, transferred, disbursed, or paid in connection with, a presidentially declared major disaster or emergency (as those terms are defined in section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122)), or affects a financial institution, such person shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.

Outcome: 10/25/2022 18 Minute Entry for proceedings held before JUDGE CATHERINE C. EAGLES: Sentencing hearing as to SAMUEL ALLEN MOUZON held on 10/25/22 on Count 1. The Court adopts the Presentence Report without change and finds defendant competent and capable of entering an informed plea. The Court adopts the recommendation of the Magistrate Judge and finds there is an independent basis in fact for the defendant's plea of guilty. The defendant's plea of guilty of Count 1, Wire Fraud, and the plea agreement are accepted and the defendant is adjudged guilty on Count 1, Wire Fraud. For reasons stated on the record the Court denies the restitution request for attorney fees. Defendant shall surrender to the United States Marshal on 12/6/2022 at noon or report directly to designated institution at own expense. AUSA Ashley Waid present on behalf of the Government. Attorney Todd Smith present as counsel for the defendant. Defendant present on pretrial release. Judgment forthcoming. (Court Reporter Lori Russell.) (Winchester, Robin) (Entered: 10/25/2022)
10/25/2022 19 ORDER IMPOSING A FORFEITURE MONEY JUDGMENT as to SAMUEL ALLEN MOUZON (1) signed by JUDGE CATHERINE C. EAGLES on 10/25/2022; that the defendant, SAMUEL ALLEN MOUZON, shall forfeit to the United States the sum of $500,000.00 pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Sections 981(a)(1)(C) and Title 28, United States Code, Section 2461(c); FURTHER ORDERED that the United States District Court shall retain jurisdiction in the case for the purpose of enforcing this Order; FURTHER ORDERED that pursuant to Rule 32.2(b)(4), this Order of Forfeiture shall become final as to defendant at the time of sentencing, and shall be made part of the sentence and included in the judgment; FURTHER ORDERED that the United States may, at any time, move pursuant to Rule 32.2(e) to amend this Order to substitute property having a value not to exceed $500,000.00 to satisfy the money judgment in whole or in part; and FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall forward two certified copies of this Order to the United States Attorney's Office, Attention: Lynne P. Klauer, Assistant United States Attorney. (Hicks, Samantha) (Entered: 10/25/2022)

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