Garden Grove Planning Commissioner Man Jordan Nguyen was arrested August 11 for suspicion of grand theft and fraud, and was removed from his post later that day by the Garden Grove City Council.
Nguyen allegedly told a Garden Grove homeowner last year that he was a licensed architect who could push through a development plan because he was on the commission that reviews and approves development projects.
Police allege that the homeowner paid Nguyen $4,000 to draft blueprints and submit them to City Hall, but the work wasn’t done. Nguyen is not a licensed architect in California, police said.
“These are hard-working people who don’t make a lot of money and they were clearly taken advantage of,” Lieutenant Carl Whitney told the Orange County Register.
After Nguyen’s arrest, Garden Grove Mayor Steven Jones alluded to other incidents allegedly involving Nguyen, calling it a “recurring theme,” and saying he regrets that the council didn’t act sooner.
Nguyen was appointed to the planning commission in 2017 and reappointed last year. (Source: Orange County Register, August 12.)