A former Garden Grove planning commissioner, who was dumped from his post Tuesday night by the City Council, faces charges of grand theft for allegedly misrepresenting his credentials and never following through on a job for a homeowner, police said Wednesday.
Man Jordan Nguyen was booked Tuesday on suspicion of grand theft and released from jail early Wednesday morning, according to jail records.
For the past several months, police have been investigating Nguyen after a homeowner alleged he never followed through on a job to get final approval from the city on blueprints for a project, said Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney.
The resident said the plans were never submitted to the city and the contracted work was never performed, Whitney said.
Nguyen allegedly falsely said he was a licensed architect as he accepted a $4,000 payment and promised he could use his position as a volunteer planning commissioner to get the plans approved, Whitney said.
The planning commission, which is comprised of volunteers, makes recommendations to the City Council, which has the final say.
Police suspect there could be more alleged victims and asked anyone with information relevant to the investigation to call 714-741-5840.
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