• Kevin Kigan

    He must have hired the financial auditor. For the auditor to keep thier client happy and keep the contract , they will do whatever to keep the business. Financial auditors must be hired independent of the City, otherwise it is a waste of money. They will tell you what the client wants them to say. I addition, who is really qualified to analyze their reports, no one reads them.

    • What Happens Larry.

      Regardless of who hired the small Brea accounting firm who ran the numbers during Nguyens employment, you are implying this Brea accounting firm committed professional malpractice, or worse malfeasance in order to secure their paycheck and protect Nguyen. Before you continue down this track of fairy tale accusations depicted in conspiracy documentaries, lets wait to see what the true analysis (KPMG’s report) of the books reveal.

      Last Tuesday 4/29/16, Placentia had a senior forensic Accountant from Global firm KPMG present at the city council meeting. She and her team will be reviewing all accounting related to Mello-Roos issues, On-Track Train Expenses (Scott Brady’s Mayor-ship) and the recent accounting flubs with Nguyen.

      This team of forensic accountants should shed light on what happened. Not to mention, the FBI is doing their own investigation…

      • Kevin Kigan

        Fairy Tail, really. The smaller the firm, the more they want to please!

  • astar2b

    Bad Feng Shui ?

    • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

      Crazy you would say that. Years ago, I was told that Orange County’s feng shui is all about material gain, spiritual loss. Don’t know how we would remedy that.

  • OCservant_Leader

    As Placentia tries to piece together “what went wrong” I would recommend they look at their HR practices as well as written financial policies.

    Was this “super-Nguyen” a political appointee with no real qualifications? Who is he related to? The County has operatives in each City as well. Were there years of manufactured performance appraisals used to push him to the top position?

    He was probably placed there by a crew to do one thing – (keep checks coming to certain businesses and consultants) and then started doing his own scam.

    Very rarely do people who are actually qualified in their job turn into criminals.

    It’s the political appointees (like at the County) who are running the scams.

  • LFOldTimer

    This is the general M.O. when the incompetent clowns in government play with ‘other people’s money’ (OPM).

    If an embezzlement crime of this magnitude occurred in a private company about a half dozen heads would roll right out the door.

    But in government even the most incompetent and reckless buffoons keep their jobs.

    The only ones who get fired in government are those who blow the whistle on wrongdoing or work too hard and make their colleagues look lazy.

  • OCservant_Leader

    This fraud set up was as easy as taking candy from a baby.

    If all the individuals (paid by the public) who are acting as the “checks and balances” of a local government-are in collusion…corruption is eminent.

    Small Cities are prime targets for organized crime to set up shop – Ala Bell – because the politicians and CEO can easily exert control in secret.

    What makes the County of Orange so unusual – is the large number of individuals – in all key positions-acting in collusion.

  • David Zenger

    Oh, Brother. “Going forward” the favorite phrase of government. Past sins are forgiven, let’s not dwell on the past, let’s look ahead.

    The most common expression at the County of Orange.

    Of course the City Manager should be fired and his pension garnished. But it won’t happen. Mistakes were made…going forward…

    No fault government.

    • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

      Very well said.

    • UnitedWeStand

      Definitely, the city manager should be fired!

      • David Zenger

        And the Finance Director.

        • Stirring the pot

          Lets take this back to Troy Butzlaf, hired May 2008. The man Scott Brady said, “…all the candidates had the qualifications, but it was Butzlaff’s personality that set him apart.” http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-147322-butzlaff-allowance.html. Butzlaf came into the city when it was wrecked financially. Immediately after he stepped in, Butzlaf hired Nguyen as a 26 year old accounting prodigy from CSUF, (give me a break.)

          If my memory serves me right, between November ’14 and December ’14, Butzlaff was scheduled to receive increased pay, benefits, and vehicle improvements…etc… by Placentia. At this council meeting where proposed bonuses were discussed, numerous residents including my neighbors stood up and shamed him, for accepting increased benefits while he led the city further down the rabbit hole. (Watch the City Council Video). After every residents comments, his demeanor changed, he was angered, and he explained he never wanted any raises. Well guess what, at this point he had already hired his successor, and was simultaneously interviewing with other city’s. By January 2015 he was hired by Azusa and started his position in February, leaving Placentia high and dry, in the same financial doldrums that he found the city in when he was hired.

          Butzlaf used Placentia. He was never part of the community, he rented a single bedroom from a home down the street from me in order to comply with Placentia residency requirements. His permanent address, wife, and children are, and always have been in La Quinta. (Placentia Country club clearly was not up to Par for Butzlaf.)