Jimmy Jen, the infamous San Francisco building permit “expediter” who was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of forging the signatures and stamps of two licensed engineers for nearly 100 construction projects in the city will face trial on 232 felony counts:
According to prosecutors, Jen, an engineer himself who wasn’t always licensed, was often hired by the owners of single-family homes to expedite The City’s permitting process. Rather than hiring a licensed engineer to review their construction projects, he allegedly impersonated unwitting engineers.
The construction projects affected were mostly residential, but also included the complete redevelopment of the Alexandria Theater in the Richmond district. Jen’s ex-wife, Nancy Jen, was reportedly the largest stakeholder in the theater. Other projects included the expansion of a ground-floor unit in the Mission and the replacement of a foundation in Presidio Heights, prosecutors said.
At the time of Jen’s arrest, none of the projects for which Jen had forged a signature had been found to be problematic according to Department of Building Inspection. And once again, expect those who employed the “expediter” to feign ignorance of any possible wrongdoings.
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