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.
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