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Enforcement Pages

Using the first letter of the individual’s last name, select the letter group below that corresponds. This will display enforcement actions for the corresponding letter group.


Each page of the Enforcement Actions section is divided into subsections for citations, administrative actions, and convictions. You should check each subsection to see if an enforcement action has been taken against the individual you are seeking.

Citations

Conrad Sanchez

Modesto—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $2,000 administrative fine to Conrad Sanchez, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect). The action alleged that Sanchez executed a written agreement to provide revised conceptual design services and a final development plan for a proposed mixed-use project which included an assisted living and memory care facility, office/retail/apartments, seven-story hotel/restaurant, and underground parking on property located in Modesto, California. The project did not satisfy the criteria for an exempt project type as defined in BPC 5537(a) and required a licensed design professional for preparation of plans, drawings, or specifications. Sanchez paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on February 26, 2015.

Modesto—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $1,000 administrative fine to Conrad Sanchez, dba Conrad Sanchez Design Group, an unlicensed individual, for an alleged violation of BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect). The action alleged that Sanchez’s company website, conraddesigngroup.com, on the Internet included the term "architectural detail" in describing the services that his company provided. Sanchez’s website also stated that they are "capable of handling commercial projects of any scope." A commercial project is not a building described in BPC 5537(a) or 5538 as an exempt building. Sanchez paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on June 24, 2014.

Oscar M. Sanchez

Lakewood—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $1,000 administrative fine to Oscar M. Sanchez, dba Ideal Designs, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect). The action alleged that Sanchez’ company, Ideal Designs, initiated an agreement with his client offering to provide architectural drawings for an existing property to be subdivided into two properties located in or around Long Beach, California. The agreement included "Architectural drawings" and "Architectural Details" as part of the services Sanchez would provide. In addition, on or about June 1, 2016, the Internet revealed that Sanchez was listed on the website linkedin.com under the "Architecture & Planning" category and was identified as an "Architect." Sanchez’ company, Ideal Designs, was listed on the website yelp.com under the "Architects" category. Sanchez identified himself as an "architect" in an interview and listed his contact email as "oscararchitect_id@yahoo.com" on the website beachbusinesscenter.com. Sanchez was also identified as a "local architect" and stated that he has a "decade working in architecture" on the website womensinvestclub.com. The citation became final on July 20, 2016.

Eric Michael Sandoval

Corvallis, Oregon—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Eric Michael Sandoval, architect license number C-20095, for an alleged violation of BPC 5600.05(a)(1) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Sandoval certified false or misleading information on his 2013 License Renewal Application. Sandoval paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on February 12, 2015.

Louis V. Scaduto

Manhattan Beach—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Louis V. Scaduto, architect license number C-26282, for an alleged violation of BPC section 5600.05(a)(1) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Scaduto certified false or misleading information on his 2017 License Renewal Application. Scaduto paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on January 11, 2018.

Michael J. Schulman

Youngsville, North Carolina—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Michael J. Schulman, architect license number C-28010, for an alleged violation of BPC § 5600.05(a)(1) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Schulman certified false or misleading information on his 2017 License Renewal Application. Schulman paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on November 2, 2017.

Abhay Schweitzer

San Diego—The Board issued a three-count citation that included a $1,500 administrative fine to Abhay Schweitzer, dba TECHNE Design + Development, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect) and 5536.1(c) (Unauthorized Practice). The action alleged that Schweitzer executed a written contract to design 4-5 residences which are not buildings described in BPC 5537(a) as exempt buildings; he prepared drawings with the word "Architecture" in the title blocks and under the "Project Team" heading, and he prepared drawings for multiple dwellings of more than four units, which are not buildings described in BPC 5537(a) as exempt buildings. Schweitzer paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on October 29, 2015.

Peter A. Schubin

South Pasadena—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $750 administrative fine to Peter A. Schubin, architect license number C-27612, for an alleged violation of BPC 5600.05(b) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Schubin failed to maintain records of completion of the required coursework for two years from the date of license renewal and failed to make those records available to the Board for auditing upon request. Schubin paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on March 8, 2016.

Christopher Jarrett Seals

Lexington, Kentucky—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Christopher Jarrett Seals, architect license number C-35539, for an alleged violation of BPC section 5600.05(a)(1) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Seals certified false or misleading information on his 2017 License Renewal Application. Seals paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on February 9, 2018.

Jeffrey Timothy Sessions

Cottonwood Heights, Utah—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Jeffrey Timothy Sessions, architect license number C-21833, for an alleged violation of BPC 5600.05(a)(1) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Sessions certified false or misleading information on his 2015 License Renewal Application. Sessions paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on March 9, 2016.

Blake Shelters

Taylorsville—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Blake Shelters, architect license number C-11101, for an alleged violation of BPC 5536.22(a) (Written Contract). The action alleged that Shelters failed to execute a written contract prior to commencing professional services for a project located in Chester, California. Shelters paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on April 7, 2015.

Eddy Zhong Shen

Sunnyvale—The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $2,000 administrative fine to Eddy Zhong Shen, architect license number C-12717, for alleged violations of BPC 5584 (Willful Misconduct) and CCR 160(b)(2) (Rules of Professional Conduct). The action alleged that Shen executed a written contract with his client to provide schematic design and construction documents for interior improvements for an existing residence located in Belmont, California. The client paid Shen $2,500 as a deposit to initiate the work. Shen provided schematic design, but failed to provide construction documents to the client. Shen failed to respond to the Board’s requests for information and/or evidence within 30 days of the date letters were mailed to him in regards to an investigation. The citation became final on May 5, 2015.

Phillip W. Shepherd

Dallas, Texas—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Phillip W. Shepherd, architect license number C-12508, for an alleged violation of BPC 5600.05(a)(1) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Shepherd certified false or misleading information on his 2016 License Renewal Application. Shepherd paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on October 4, 2016.

Gary Rikikazu Shimotsu

Sacramento—The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $1,000 administrative fine to Gary Rikikazu Shimotsu, architect license number C-25149, for alleged violations of BPC 5584 (Willful Misconduct) and CCR 160(b)(2) (Rules of Professional Conduct). The action alleged that Shimotsu failed to perform the services for which he was contracted, apply the retainer to his first billing for services as stipulated in the agreement and provide his clients with written notice to terminate the agreement, ordinarily exercised by architects applying the required professional standard of care. Shimotsu also failed to respond to the Board’s requests for information within 30 days in regards to an investigation. Shimotsu paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on January 15, 2016.

Allen Kent Smith

San Diego—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $1,000 administrative fine to Allen Kent Smith, architect license number C-13393, for an alleged violation of BPC 5558 (Name and Address of Entity Through Which License Holder Provides Architectural Services; Filing Requirements). The action alleged that Smith failed to file with the Board the proper and current name and address of the entity through which he provides architecture services. Smith paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on February 28, 2017.

Salt Lake City, Utah—The Board issued a four-count citation that included a $2,000 administrative fine to Allen Kent Smith, architect license number C-13393, for alleged violations of BPC sections 5536.22(a)(3) (Written Contract), 5558 (Business Entity Report), and 5584 (Willful Misconduct) and California Code of Regulations (CCR) section 160(b)(2) (Rules of Professional Conduct). The action alleged that Smith failed to include his license number on his written proposal, file the proper and current name and address of the entity through which he provides architectural services, satisfy a $3,000 judgment filed against him by the client, and respond to the Board’s requests for additional information. Smith paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on October 21, 2013.

Harry Michael Smith

Atlanta, Georgia—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Harry Michael Smith, architect license number C-22966, for an alleged violation of BPC 5600.05(a)(1) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Smith certified false or misleading information on his 2015 License Renewal Application. Smith paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on May 18, 2016.

Latimer Fargo Smith III

San Ramon—The Board issued a four-count citation that included a $10,000 administrative fine to Latimer Fargo Smith III, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect). The action alleged that on or about August 11, 2008, Smith and his company, Fargo Fanesi, Inc. executed a contract offering to provide "architectural" services for a complete remodel and historical restoration for a residential project located in Berkeley, California. The contract identified Smith as "Shawn Smith." On or about August 15, 2008 through July 15, 2010, Smith was paid $33,469.42 for services rendered. On or about April 21, 2009, Smith prepared drawings for the Berkeley project. Smith affixed an architect’s stamp to the drawings, which read: "Licensed Architect," "SHAWN SMITH," "C-25635," "REN. 8/31/09" and the legend "State of California." On or about June 17, 2013, during a telephone conversation with the Department of Consumer Affairs’ investigator, Smith admitted to fraudulently using the architect license of Shawn B. Smith.

On or about April 15, 2011, Smith and his company, Fargo Fanesi, Inc. executed a proposal offering to provide design services for a patio addition, rear yard retaining wall and koi pond for a residential project located in Oakley, California. The proposal contained the word "Architectural" as a description of the services Smith provides. On or about July 20, 2011, Smith was paid $1,500 as a retainer fee. On or about August 11, 2011, Smith prepared drawings of the Oakley project. The title block on the drawings contained Smith’s company name and the term "Architecture."

On or about September 9, 2014, in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Smith pled "No Contest" and was found guilty to charges of Penal Code (PC) section 487(a) (Grand Theft of Personal Property), PC 529 (False Personation), and PC 115(a) (Offering False or Forged Instrument) in connection with the Berkeley project. The citation became final on August 17, 2015.

Tony Solis

Fullerton—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $2,000 administrative fine to Tony Solis, dba Solis Architecture & Design, LLC, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect). The action alleged that the Internet revealed Solis’ company, Solis Architecture & Design, LLC, is listed on the California Secretary of State website, kepler.sos.ca.gov, and the websites, wysk.com, facebook.com and bizapedia.com, as a business entity. On December 21, 2009, the Board previously advised Solis that an unlicensed individual in California cannot use a business name that includes as part of its title or description of services "Architect," "Architecture" or "Architectural" or any abbreviations or confusingly similar variations thereof. The citation became final on July 15, 2014.

Michael Song

Long Beach—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $750 administrative fine to Michael Song, architect license number C-32566, for an alleged violation of BPC 5600.05(b) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Song failed to maintain records of completion of the required coursework for two years from the date of license renewal and failed to make those records available to the Board for auditing upon request. The citation became final on July 13, 2016.

Jonathan Starr

Hermosa Beach—The Board issued a two-count citation that included a $4,000 fine to Jonathan Starr, dba Starr Design Group, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect). The action alleged that Starr executed an agreement offering to provide design services for a new three story over basement single-family residence located in Manhattan Beach, California. Starr also executed an agreement offering to provide design services for a new three story over basement single-family residence with attached two-car garage and roof deck located in Hermosa Beach, California. The projects did not satisfy the criteria for an exempt project type as defined in BPC 5537(a), and required a licensed design professional for preparation of plans, drawings, or specifications. Starr paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on July 29, 2014.

Delbert John Starrett

Santa Rosa—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Delbert John Starrett, architect license number C-14023, for an alleged violation of BPC § 5600.05(a)(1) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Starrett certified false or misleading information on his 2017 License Renewal Application. Starrett paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on November 17, 2017.

Irena Stepanova

Mountain View—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $750 administrative fine to Irena Stepanova, architect license number C-33609, for an alleged violation of BPC 5536.22(a) (Written Contract). The action alleged that Stepanova failed to execute a written contract prior to commencing professional services. Stepanova paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on July 17, 2015.

Simon Storey

Los Angeles—The Board issued a two-count modified citation that included a $3,000 administrative fine to Simon Storey, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect) and CCR 134(a) (Use of the Term Architect) and 160(b)(2) (Rules of Professional Conduct). The action alleged that on or about November 13, 2014, the Internet revealed that Storey’s company website anonymous-projects.com contained his former company name, Anonymous Architects under Building Projects for the project titled "Log Cabin." Anonymous Architects was also listed in articles on the websites, archpaper.com, contemporist.com, dezeen.com, architectslist.com and archdaily.com. Storey was identified as an "Architect" on the websites la.curbed.com and youtube.com, where he identified himself as an "Architect" in a video. Board records fail to reveal that there is a Business Entity Report Form on file by a licensee as required by BPC 5558 for said company indicating that there is a licensed architect in management control of professional services that are offered of the kind and provided by Anonymous Architects. In addition, Storey’s company, which included the term "Architects" as part of its title, failed to be a business entity wherein an architect is in management control of the professional services that are offered and provided; and, either the owner, a part-owner, an officer or an employee, a violation of CCR 134(a). Storey also failed to respond to the Board’s requests for information and/or evidence within 30 days of the date letters were mailed to him in regards to an investigation, a violation of CCR 160(b)(2). Storey paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on June 8, 2015.

Kenneth Vincent Stroop

New York, New York—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $500 administrative fine to Kenneth Vincent Stroop, architect license number C-34897, for an alleged violation of BPC section 5600.05(b) (License Renewal Process; Audit; False or Misleading Information on Coursework on Disability Access Requirements). The action alleged that Stroop failed to maintain records of completion of the required coursework for two years from the date of license renewal and failed to make those records available to the Board for auditing upon request. Stroop paid the fine, satisfying the citation. The citation became final on March 28, 2018.

Jeffrey Stanton Sulkin

Santa Monica—The Board issued a one-count citation that included a $2,500 administrative fine to Jeffrey Stanton Sulkin, dba Permit My Property Co., LLC, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code (BPC) sections 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect) and 5536.1(c) (Unauthorized Practice). The action alleged that on or about April 9, 2016, Sulkin was hired by a client to provide plans for an interior tenant improvement of an existing office space/warehouse located in Inglewood, California. The client was provided with 11 sheets of drawings dated June 27, 2016, which contained a title block stating "Permit My Property." The drawings also stated "Drawn By: R.Z." and "Checked By: J.S." On or about July 27, 2016, the client received a document, totaling five pages, from the City of Inglewood Building Division, which provided a list of reasons why the issuance of a permit was being withheld, and stated that "the architectural and structural plans and calculations must be signed by a civil or structural engineer, or an architect licensed by the State of California." Sulkin’s drawings of the interior tenant improvement of an existing office space/warehouse, which is not a building exempt from the requirements of the Architects Practice Act (Act) pursuant to BPC § 5537(a), constitutes the practice of architecture as defined in BPC § 5500.1. The citation became final on July 24, 2017.

Administrative Actions

Eddy Zhong Shen

Sunnyvale—Effective July 26, 2017, Eddy Zhong Shen’s architect license number C-12717 was revoked. The action came after a Default Decision was adopted by the Board.

An Accusation was filed against Shen for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code sections 5536(a) (Improper Advertising and Practicing Architecture While License Expired) and 5584 (Willful Misconduct), and California Code of Regulations, Title 16, sections 134(a) (Improper Use of the Term "Architecture") and 160(b)(2) (Failure to Respond to the Board Within 30 Days). The Accusation alleged that on or about February 24, 2014, Shen entered into a proposal and contract to provide design and construction documents for a client’s project in Cupertino, California. Shen was paid $7,000 for his services, and knew that the client planned to begin construction at the end of 2015. However, Shen never submitted drawings to the city of Cupertino, despite receiving four extensions to meet the deadlines and obtain the proper permits. Shen also failed to respond to the Board’s requests for information in regards to an investigation of the Cupertino project.

In addition, on April 5, 2016, after Shen’s architect license expired on April 30, 2015, Shen entered into a proposal and contract to provide design and construction documents to a client for a project in Fremont, California, and received a $4,000 down payment. The letterhead on the proposal and contract stated "LRS Associates Inc. Architecture-Planning-Interiors," and Shen signed the document, which included his architect license number, as "President." On May 10, 2016, Shen provided elevation drawings to the client, and on May 17, 2016, Shen received a request for three modifications of the drawings from the client. Apart from one telephone call on July 29, 2016, in which he promised to give the client an update within a week, Shen had no further communication with the client and did not provide to the client any further drawings or plans on the project. Furthermore, as of May 2016, Shen’s company’s business name, LRS Associates Architecture and Planning, Inc., included "Architecture" as part of its title, and Shen’s LinkedIn profile was listed under the "Architecture & Planning" category and identified him as an "Architect." Shen’s company, LRS Associates Architecture Planning & Interiors, Inc., was also listed under the "Architect(s)" category on Facebook, and his company’s services were described as "Architect" on the website angieslist.com.

Curtis Shupe

Palm Desert—Effective January 13, 2007, Curtis Shupe’s architect license number C-13388, was revoked; however, revocation was stayed. Shupe’s license was suspended for 90 days, and he was placed on probation for five years with specific terms and conditions, including restitution pursuant to an arbitration award to the clients in the amount of $63,876.36. The action came after a stipulated settlement was negotiated and adopted by the Board.

An Accusation was filed against Shupe for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code (BPC) sections 5584 (Negligence or Willful Misconduct) and 5589 (Malpractice Settlement or Arbitration Award). The Accusation alleged that Shupe failed to provide observation services as called for on the project as follows: He authorized payment of the contractor’s invoices for the roof system, including skylights, related materials and work, despite the fact that these items as completed by the contractor did not conform with the contract documents and applicable industry and trade standards. An arbitration award was issued against Shupe, which he failed to report to the Board.

On October 6, 2010, a Petition to Revoke Probation was filed against Shupe for failure to submit quarterly reports as mandated by the terms and conditions in the stipulated settlement. Effective April 21, 2011, Shupe’s architect license was revoked. The action came after a Default Decision and Order was adopted by the Board.

Omar Siller

Tulare—Effective July 30, 2010, Omar Siller’s architect license number C-12149, was revoked. The action was a result of a Default Decision, which was adopted by the Board.

An Accusation was filed against Siller for alleged violations of BPC sections 5536.22 (Written Contract) and 5584 (Willful Misconduct) and California Code of Regulations section 160 (Professional Conduct). The Accusation alleged that Siller was negligent in failing to provide construction drawings and only partially performed the services to be provided under a written agreement. Siller also failed to respond to the Board’s repeated requests for information regarding the investigation. Siller failed to provide his license number and a description of the procedure to be used by either party to terminate the contract in a written contract for his services.

Scott A. Spencer

La Jolla—A Statement of Issues was filed against Scott A. Spencer after he appealed the Board’s denial of his application for licensure. Spencer was initially issued architect license number C-12989 on June 14, 1982. The license expired on May 31, 1987, and was not renewed. The denial was based on evidence that while his license was expired, Spencer prepared a set of plans dated June 15, 2000, for a project in La Jolla. The plans bore a stamp that read "Licensed Architect," "Scott A. Spencer," "No. C 12989," the legend "State of California," and his signature. Spencer prepared a contract, business cards and letterhead using the terms "architect" and "architectural." On April 2, 2004, the Board issued Citation No. 04-11, which charged Spencer with violating Business and Professions Code section 5536(a) and (b) ordering him to cease and desist from violating these sections of the Code and imposed civil penalties against him totaling $2,500, which he paid on May 10, 2004.

On or about August 10, 2004, Spencer entered into a written contract to design and provide construction documents for a single family residence located in Del Mar. On or about November 10, 2008, Spencer prepared plans for the residence with a title block stating "Scott A. Spencer & Associates Architecture Planning." On or about January 29, 2009, Spencer appeared before a Project Review Committee Meeting of the Torrey Pines Community Planning Group in Del Mar to present and describe the project for the residence in order to obtain its approval for the residence to be built. At the meeting, Spencer identified, represented, and held himself out as an architect.

A Stipulated Settlement and Disciplinary Order was negotiated and adopted by the Board on December 7, 2011 and became final on December 12, 2011. The terms and conditions of the Stipulation included the issuance of architect license number C-33340, which was immediately revoked, the revocation stayed, and Spencer was placed on five years probation commencing from the date the license was issued. Other terms and conditions included reimbursing the Board $3,350 for its investigative and prosecution costs and successfully completing an ethics course approved by the Board.

Jeffrey Stanton Sulkin

Santa Monica—Effective January 13, 2016, Jeffrey Stanton Sulkin’s architect license number C-20501, was revoked. The action was the result of a Default Decision and Order, which was adopted by the Board.

An Accusation was filed against Sulkin for violations of BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect) and 5536.1(c) (Unauthorized Practice). The Accusation alleged that while his license was expired, Sulkin prepared plans and specifications for multiple structures on a site known as Malibu Ranch. The project does not satisfy the criteria for an exempt project type as defined in BPC 5537(a) and required a licensed design professional for preparation of plans, drawings, or specifications.

Santa Monica—Effective August 1, 2000, Jeffrey Stanton Sulkin’s architect license number C-20501 was revoked; however, the revocation was stayed, his license was suspended for 180 days and he was placed on probation for six years with specific terms and conditions, including reimbursing the Board $6,000 for its investigation and enforcement of the case. The action came after a stipulated settlement was negotiated and adopted by the Board. Mr. Sulkin admitted in the settlement that he was guilty of fraud or deceit in violation of Business and Professions Code section 5583.

On August 18, 1996, Mr. Sulkin entered into a contract to design a new single-family residence, as well as site improvements that were to be constructed on the site of a current residence in Brentwood, California. On March 21, 1997, the clients paid Mr. Sulkin $4,500 to cover plan-check fees after being informed by Mr. Sulkin that he would forthwith thereafter submit the plans to the building department for plan-check. Through-out April and May into June, 1997, Mr. Sulkin more than once told the clients that their plans were moving along, and they wrote and delivered to Mr. Sulkin another check for $1,400 for a street frontage survey for the city plan-check department. On July 22, 1997, the clients and others met with Mr. Sulkin. At the meeting, Mr. Sulkin admitted that he never submitted the plans to the building department for plan-check.

James Preston Sutton

Diamond Springs—An Accusation was filed against James Preston Sutton for violations of Business and Professions Code sections 5536(a) (Practice Without License) and 5584 (Negligence or Willful Misconduct). The Board took the action based on evidence that Mr. Sutton failed to provide services or complete documents which he contracted to provide, refused to stamp or sign documents as required by the building department for plan check and permits, and willful misconduct in that he billed for and demanded payment for services which he had not performed. The Board adopted a stipulated settlement. Terms of the settlement included a stayed revocation with five years probation and a six months actual suspension and requirements that Mr. Sutton take and pass the Board’s oral examination and reimburse the Board $3,000 of its investigative costs, as well as other standard terms of probation, effective November 3, 1997.

Convictions

Latimer Fargo Smith III

San Ramon—Latimer Fargo Smith, III, on or about October 24, 2014, in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, was convicted of four felony counts to charges of California Penal Code section (PC) 487(a) (Grand Theft of Personal Property), PC 529 (False Personation), and two counts of PC 115(a) (Offering False or Forged Instrument) in connection with a residential project located in Berkeley, California. The case was the result of an investigation by the California Architects Board, Department of Consumer Affairs, and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

Smith impersonated a licensed architect using an actual licensee’s name and license number to enter into a contract to provide services for a historic Berkeley home. Smith collected more than $100,000 from the homeowners and then failed to complete his contractual obligations.

Smith was placed on five years formal probation and ordered to serve the first year in county jail through electronic monitoring. As part of probation, Smith is not allowed to obtain an architecture license or hold himself out as an architect. On October 22, 2015, Smith agreed to pay a stipulated amount of $200,000 in restitution to the victim.