By Michael Barca : sfexaminer – excerpt
A former San Francisco building commissioner has been charged with bank fraud for allegedly pocketing funds meant to be paid to city agencies, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Rodrigo Santos, the co-founder of a structural engineering company, is accused of depositing more than $478,000 into his personal bank account in checks that were intended for others.
Santos, 61, was first appointed to the Building Inspection Commission by then-Mayor Willie Brown in 2000 and later as the president of the commission by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was mayor of San Francisco at the time in 2004.
An FBI investigation allegedly revealed that Santos fraudulently deposited 261 checks into his account between January 2016 and March 2019, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office…(more)
Another one down and how many more to go? Corruption may be the real culprit when it comes to slowing construction projects and not the CEQA laws. How long does it take to get thorugh DBI once a project is entitled?