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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) _ San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection has been put on notice after a so-called “permit expediter” has been accused of more than 200 counts of fraud.
Prosecutors said 56-year-old Jimmy Jen was allegedly involved in “massive fraud” over two decades by using the names of unlicensed engineers and fake rubber stamps, creating bogus documentation for about 100 construction projects.
Jen was jailed on $50 million bail following his arrest on Tuesday.
Department of Building Inspection spokesman Bill Strawn said 60,000 permits a year go through the office and Jen may have been responsible for about 100.
“On our permit application itself, it states very clearly, I declare under penalty of perjury the foregoing is true and correct,” he said. “And essentially, we have that legal language there because with that volume of business, there’s no way that we can essentially stop and verify that everybody’s signature and stamp is in fact what they’re representing to us.”
Jen’s employee, Jian Min Fong has also been charged in the case.