Southern California Men Face Felony Charges in Huge Engineering Fraud Case

Case reinforces importance of using licensed professionals and verifying credentials

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two men were charged with 487 felony counts including identity theft, grand theft and forgery after allegedly preparing fraudulent engineering documents using the name and logo of their former employer, Palo Verdes Engineering, a legitimate Rolling Hills Estates-based company, in one of the largest fraud cases in recent times, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) launched an investigation against Ruben Gutierrez of Huntington Beach and Wilfrido Rodriguez of Downey after being contacted by Ricky Morales, a licensed civil engineer with the company who claimed that unlicensed individuals were practicing engineering and forging his stamp. The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists was also notified and assisted the LASD in conducting its investigation. The board can impose administrative citations in cases of unlicensed activity.

Read the full news release here.

  2 comments for “Southern California Men Face Felony Charges in Huge Engineering Fraud Case

  1. Chet Sharp
    July 25, 2018 at 8:36 am

    There is no link to the full news release.

    • DCA Staff Writer
      July 26, 2018 at 8:38 am

      Thank you for your comment, Mr. Sharp. If you click on the word ‘here’ where it says ‘Read the full new release here’, it will take you to the full news release.

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