Photo: Man Jordan Nguyen
A member of the City of Garden Grove Planning Commission has been arrested for allegedly accepting thousands of dollars for work he never did and was never even licensed to perform.
According to the victim, a Garden Grove homeowner, the suspect “said he was a licensed architect and was also a current member of the City of Garden Grove Planning Commission,” stated the release.
The homeowner had signed a contract with the suspect, 47-year-old Man Jordan Nguyen, for Nguyen to draft blueprints and submit them to the City for final approval. The homeowner also paid Nguyen $4000 over the course of October to November last year.
“The victim alleged Nguyen said he would be able to get the plans pushed through and approved because of his position on the City of Garden Grove Planning Commission,” which “reviews proposed development projects and participates with developing and maintaining the City’s General Plan, and makes recommendations to the City Council on plans, policies, standards, and design guidelines for development of land uses consistent with the goals of the City (GGMC 2.24.100).”
The homeowner filed a report with Garden Grove police in April 2020, following months of the contract work never getting done. According to the release, “Detectives learned Nguyen is not a California licensed architect nor has he ever been licensed to perform architect work in California.”
He was arrested at about 9:30 AM on Tuesday, August 11th, and removed from his position as a planning commissioner on the same day.
Nguyen was booked into Orange County Jail for fraud and grand theft.
Detectives believe there may be additional victims. To report additional information on this suspect, please contact Detective Stroud at 714-741-5840.