Herrera uncovers web of permit fraud by Santos & Urrutia

“Know this: No matter how elaborate the fraud, we will unravel it,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “We are going to ensure that the law is upheld, that residents are safe in their homes, and that legitimate businesses have a level playing field.”

Structural engineers endangered the public to game San Francisco’s permit system using deception, insider knowledge and forged documents

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 20, 2018) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today that he has filed a civil suit against construction engineering firm Santos & Urrutia Associates Inc., its principals, and several clients and contractors over an elaborate fraud scheme involving excavating under three San Francisco homes without permits.

The scheme was designed to give the company a competitive advantage on cost and speed while circumventing required oversight, which violated a host of state and local laws. It also jeopardized the safety of construction workers, residents of nearby homes and the general public, according to the lawsuit filed today in San Francisco Superior Court. The illegal work undermined the foundations of at least three neighboring homes. [Read more]


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