- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities are looking for two men they say endangered potentially hundreds of lives by preparing fraudulent structural engineering documents for clients in 56 Southern California cities.

Between 2003 and April 2014, Los Angeles County detectives believe Reuben Gutierrez and Wilfredo Rodriguez worked up the documents for projects throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties, San Bernardino and Riverside, among others.

Detective Ron Barton says the documents were doctored to look as if they were done by engineers at Palos Verdes Engineering. Though Gutierrez and Rodriguez did work at the company, neither have professional engineering licenses.

Authorities believe the men fraudulently used their company’s software and bid projects at a reduced cost.

Barton says the pair face charges including forgery and theft. Investigators don’t know their whereabouts.

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