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Rodrigo Santos: Engineer charged by US Attorney was working for US Attorney’s wife

In May, United States Attorney Dave Anderson charged Rodrigo Santos with bank fraud relating to some $480,000 in clients’ money purportedly being deposited in Santos’ account. And hundreds of the prolific San Francisco engineer’s clients were left to frantically balance their checkbooks and figure out if they’d been ripped off.  Including, it turns out, Anderson’s own […]

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Supervisor Ahsha Safaí puzzled why $1K of checks made out to him ended up in Rodrigo Santos’ bank account

The affidavit underlying the federal bank fraud charges leveled against former Building Inspection Commission president Rodrigo Santos last week methodically lists the 461 checks – totaling nearly  $480,000 – he allegedly misdirected into his personal Bank of America account. The vast majority — 192 between January 2016 and March 2019 — were made out to […]

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Rodrigo Santos, former Building Inspection Commission president, hit with federal criminal bank fraud charges

The US Attorney’s Office moments ago announced it has filed federal criminal bank fraud charges against Rodrigo Santos, a San Francisco structural engineer, onetime president of the Building Inspection Commission, and former City College trustee. Santos’ firm, Santos & Urrutia, was in 2018 sued by Dennis Herrera. The City Attorney alleged a scheme in which the […]

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Rodrigo Santos, former Building Inspection Commission president, accused by City Attorney of $420K in check fraud, permit forgery

Checks allegedly altered from being paid to ‘DBI’ to ‘RODBIGO SANTOS’ A January 22 amendment was partially unsealed today, revealing that the City Attorney’s 2018 lawsuit against engineering firm Santos & Urrutia has been vastly expanded. The firm is run by CEO Albert Urrutia and CEO Rodrigo Santos. The latter was appointed to the Building […]

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RoDBIgo’s last stand? Legislation aims to thwart rogue builders.

In September, Mission Local reported on the strange and terrible saga of Bob Mason’s garden wall — which he feared might topple upon his 74-year-old wife. The wall had been imperiled by unwarranted construction on the neighboring lot overseen by notorious permit expediter and structural engineer Rodrigo Santos.  Despite both federal and city charges alleging […]

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Accused serial forger worked to construct ‘Nuru’s Penthouse’ office tower

San Francisco has spawned so many interconnected local and federal corruption probes that it’s beginning to feel a bit like Law & Order. The (ostensible) original has, by now, branched into half a dozen or more iterations, all unfolding in the same procedural style, all traveling similar arcs, and all populated by frequent crossover characters […]

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Feds level charges against Walter Wong in latest salvo of ongoing Mohammed Nuru probe

The strange and terrible saga of Mohammed Nuru continued to unfold today, as Department of Justice and FBI officials announced charges against longtime city permit expediter and contractor Walter Wong. U.S. Attorney Dave Anderson announced that Wong has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money-laundering, and work with […]

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Engineers Plan Cinema School for CCSF in Tower Theater

A structural engineering company with a series of Mission projects under its belt is making plans to create a cinema school inside the abandoned Tower Theater on Mission Street, and then donate the newly constructed school to the City College of San Francisco. Rodrigo Santos, co-founder of Santos & Urrutia, says he is undertaking the […]

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More Answers from a Structural Engineer

Rodrigo Santos, from Santos & Urrita Structural Engineers, had many great things to say during our last interview. Like any good discussion, Santos’ thoughts generated many other more technical questions that readers brought up. I returned to get his thoughts at 5:30 a.m. on a recent weekday, which was late since he begins his work […]