|For Immediate Release
May 7th, 2004
Deputy District Attorney
CORONA DEL MAR ARCHITECT CHARGED WITH FORGING SURVEYOR’S MAPS TO SUPPORT CONSTRUCTION OR RENOVATION OF EXPENSIVE HOMES
Newport Beach – Andrew Paul Goetz, 43, of Corona Del Mar, was charged today with twenty-six (26) felony counts for filing false and forged land surveyor maps and fraudulently altering entries in Newport Beach Planning Department records. If convicted on all charges he faces a maximum sentence of eleven (11) years in jail.
Between March 2001 and August 2003, Goetz is accused of submitting forged and altered surveys to the City of Newport Beach to support construction and renovation plans for homes that he was working on as the architect. The Newport Beach Planning Department relied on these maps in authorizing the required building permits for Goetz’s projects. The discovery of the forgeries left unsuspecting homeowners with expensive delays in construction and modifications to their plans. One homeowner was required to tear down a newly built third floor of his home.
Deputy District Attorney Mark Sevigny has been assigned to the case. Goetz is expected to be arraigned on Friday, May 21, 2003, at 9 a.m. in department H2 of the Harbor Justice Center, 4601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660.