A few excerpts from the Chronicle’s report:
An unlicensed civil engineer and notorious San Francisco permit “expediter” [named Jimmy Jen] faces more than 200 felony charges for allegedly creating bogus documentation for about 100 construction projects in the city, prosecutors said Wednesday.
A former plan checker for the city of San Francisco, Jen was well known in construction circles for his ability to push permits through building inspectors and for his close friendship with the agency’s former deputy director, Jim Hutchinson, who left the post in 2005.
Jen [use a forged surveyor's stamp on] maps of 26 properties from 1990-95, prosecutors said. Then, from 2000-07, he used Wu’s engineering stamp on 60 residential projects.
Jen is also being accused of claiming that licensed engineer Tai-Ming Chen had done work on 10 projects, notably the pending proposed renovation and other work on the landmark 1923 Alexandria movie theater.
So far, “no project mentioned by prosecutors has been found to be problematic” according to Department of Building Inspection spokesman Bill Strawn. Expect those who employed the “expediter” to feign ignorance of any possible wrongdoings.
∙ Permit ‘expediter’ Jen jailed on fraud charges [SFGate]
∙ Alexandria Theater Plans A Few Weeks From First Public Screening [SocketSite]