On Friday, Acting United States Attorney Abe Martinez announced that a former 34-year-old Corpus Christi man had been taken into custody after an indictment was handed down by a grand jury. The defendant, Brian Perez, has been accused of defrauding his employer of more than $160,000.

On August 23, 2017, the federal grand jury returned a 20-count indictment against Perez. The defendant was taken into custody on Friday. Perez is a certified public accountant. He has been charged with 18 counts of wire fraud, one count of tax evasion and money laundering.

During his career as a bookkeeper, Perez supposedly designed a scheme to defraud his employer by making illegal transfers of funds using the Electronic Federal Tax Payments System from the company’s bank account to his personal taxpayer withholding account. It is alleged that Perez filed his Income Tax Return and requested a refund for the overpayments.

Perez is accused of defrauding his employer of $162,775 between March 9, 2015 and August 7, 2015. Perez is also accused of laundering roughly $59,000 in May of 2015. He is accused of using a financial institution to engage in a money transaction when transferring criminally derived funds from his checking account to an investment account. The defendant is also charged with tax evasion for supposedly understating income on the return.

An indictment does not definitely confirm guilt. At this point in time, the defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.