Garden Grove

Commissioner arrested, then fired

A MEMBER of the Garden Grove Planning Commission was arrested Tuesday morning and removed from his post Tuesday night (Shutterstock).

UPDATE: Changing the term “appointed” to “nominated” referring to Man Jordan Nguyen’s joining the panel.

A Garden Grove planning commissioner was arrested for fraud and grand theft Tuesday morning, and then fired from the commission that evening.

Man Jordan Nguyen, 47, of Garden Grove was arrested at 9:36 a.m. and booked into Orange County Jail, according to Lt. Rich Burillo of the GGPD.


Police say that Nguyen entered into a business deal with a homeowner, claiming to be a licensed architect and that his post on the city planning commission would “get the plans pushed through and approved” because of his position.

But the homeowner – according to police – said that he paid $4000 for blueprints and never received them. He went to the GGPD in April and filed a crime report in April 2020.

Upon investigation, detectives discovered that Nguyen was not a California licensed architect nor had he ever been licensed to perform architectural work in the state. That led to his arrest.

Nguyen was nominated by Councilman Phat Bui (District 4) in 2017 for a term set to expire in December 2020. As reported in The Tribune, the city council voted to remove him from his position at Tuesday’s meeting.

Any other persons who may have had “similar involvements” with Nguyen are asked to call (714) 741-5840.


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