Criminal Charges Filed Against San Francisco Building Inspector Who Inspected His Own House

A former San Francisco building inspector who inspected his own home, as well as several properties belonging to his family, has been charged by the district attorney’s office.

Van Zeng has pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges, which could carry a one year jail sentence. His attorney says the inspections in question were assigned to Zeng at random and that he did not know he was doing anything wrong.

Zeng was fired on Dec. 8 after The San Francisco Standard first broke the story.

“The Department of Building Inspection has zero tolerance for ethical lapses and believes those failing to uphold their civic responsibilities should be held accountable for their actions,” department spokesman Patrick Hannan said.

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