According to reports, the son of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is allegedly linked to a fraud and bribery scheme where two other individuals are being prosecuted by the federal government for their alleged involvement.
The Daily Mail reportedly obtained documents that show Paul Pelosi Jr. as being the listed owner of “a flophouse” that is connected to a purported scheme that was carried out by Bernard Curran and Rodrigo Santos, both of whom are facing charges of honest services wire fraud.
The alleged scheme perpetuated by Curran and Rodrigo is a classic quid-pro-quo.
Curran had worked at the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection (DBI) as a senior building inspector from 2005 to May of 2021 when he resigned (being charged three months later, in August).
As for Santos, he was the co-founder of Santos & Urrutia Structural Engineers and was appointed to the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission in 2000 and later promoted in 2004 to be the commission’s president.
Between the two, federal prosecutors say they’d cooked up a pay-to-play building permit scheme. Santos would allegedly tell his clients to “make charitable contributions” under Curran’s name to Curran’s favored athletic nonprofit organization – typically in the amount of $500 to $1,500.
In return for these “charitable contributions,” Curran would allegedly use his role within the DBI to give permit applicants some favorable treatment.
For example, the DOJ press release notes that “one of several incidents outlined in the complaint, Curran inspected and issued a final approval of the work done under a DBI permit issued to a Santos client though work required to comply with the permit was never done.”
Basically, these two were allegedly facilitating a means for permit applicants to skirt by without having to redress possible code violations that would normally see them not applicable for said building permits.
This then brings the matter back to Pelosi Jr., who had apparently applied “for one of the very same permits that building inspector Bernie Curran and ‘permits expeditor’ Rodrigo Santos have been indicted for,” according to The Daily Mail.
This DBI form in question was signed and dated by Pelosi Jr. back on December 7th, 2017, citing him as the property owner who was “legally and financially responsible for this proposed construction activity” and that he would “abide by all applicable laws and requirements that govern Owner-Builders as well as employers.”
Court documents have made mention of a “Client 9” who had been one of the individuals to write a $1,500 check Curran’s favored athletic nonprofit, citing Client 9 as “an individual working on behalf of the owners of the property located on the 1300 block of Utah Street.”
DBI files show one permit attributed to that address, signed off by Curran on December 7th, 2017 – with an application number that reportedly matches the one listed on Pelosi Jr.’s signed application on the same date.
On top of this mounting evidence tying Pelosi Jr. to these alleged fraudsters, Pelosi Jr. has been embroiled in civil matters against a former flame, Karena Feng, about the ownership of a multi-million dollar building located on 1312 Utah Street.
Again, linking Pelosi Jr. to this property that is apparently part of an ongoing case of honest services wire fraud.
Nicole Bulick, Pelosi Jr.’s former girlfriend, has proclaimed that Nancy Pelosi’s 53-year-old son has been interviewed at least three times by the FBI since the agency started taking an interest in this Utah Street property back in 2017.
Pelosi Jr. has reportedly not commented on the matter as of this writing, while Curran and Santos have their next scheduled court appearance later in February.