Although Julio DeGuzman was born in Malasiqui, Pangasinan, Republic of the Philippines, he grew up in San Diego during his elementary, junior high school and his high school years. He grew up playing baseball and joined the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He also wrestled in high school.
Julio majored in Criminal Justice and political science at SDSU. During his days at SDSU, he wrestled on the University Wrestling Team for which he received a wrestling scholarship, he was a member of the student council and was asked to join the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the OCEOTL Honorary Men’s Fraternity. He also worked part time at the San Diego County Probation Department. Upon graduation from SDSU, be became a Deputy Probation Officer and supervised a caseload of probationers.
However, in 1982, Julio became the second Filipino American to become a Special Agent with the, at that time, called the Naval Investigative Service (now called the Naval Criminal Investigative Service). He worked many assignments in many offices and in 1984, he was transferred from Alameda, CA to the Philippines (US Embassy in Manila and Subic Bay in Olongapo City). He worked many undercover assignments to include, but not limited to, buying drugs from Americans undercover, buying stolen aircraft parts from the two US bases undercover, looking for Americans and Filipinos who were spying for the Soviet Union, searching for American fugitives who abscond to the Philippines to avoid prosecution and several other counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations.
In 1986, Julio was transferred to the San Diego Regional Fraud Unit to investigate fraud against the government, white collar crimes, kickbacks, bribery and other fraud crimes. One of his big cases was in the late 1980s when he went under cover and infiltrated the so-called “Filipino mafia” whose members were accepting bribes in exchange for lucrative government contracts.
In 1994, Julio got a promotion and transferred to the US Department of Defense Office of Inspector General to investigate DOD fraud and DOD contractors. He took on a new criminal area called medical fraud where he investigated physicians, chiropractors, medical clinics, blood labs, durable medical equipment representatives who were defrauding the government. There, Julio was the DOD special agent to open the very first criminal investigation in the Philippines targeting CHAMPUS/Tricare fraud. From 1996 to 2000, Julio traveled from town to town to town in the Philippines looking for US Navy veterans (who were US citizens of Filipino descent) suspected of defrauding CHAMPUS/Tricare by submitting inpatient hospital claims for hospitalization that never occurred. Julio was successful in locating and interviewing 27 US veterans and successfully prosecuting 21 of those in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2000 Julio was one of the runners up for the DOD special agent of the year because of his 22 indictments and 21 convictions. Julio secured almost a half million in criminal restitution.
Julio retired from the government in 2006 as a GS-14 (equivalent to 0-5) and the day after his retirement he was offered a special investigator job by San Diego City Michael Aguirre. In 2009, then City Attorney Jan Goldsmith promoted Julio to be the Director of Community Relations for the office. Julio is now working in the criminal division as an investigator.
Besides work, Julio is involved in his community: he is on the board of the La Jolla Town Council, president of the La Jolla Lions Club, president of the NCIS Retired Association Southwest Chapter, VP for Corporate Affairs for the US Army Association San Diego Chapter, former president of the All Hallows Catholic Academy Dad’s Club, former president of the Pangasinan Association of SD County, and a member of various boards of various associations and organizations. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He and wife, Lisa, who is a intensive care unit nurse, have three kids: Marissa, who is a Customs and Border Protection Officer at the San Diego Airport, Christopher who is a sophomore at Mesa JR college, and Jonathan who is at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.