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California man defrauds state, loses Star Wars collection

The force is no longer with Eric Hodgson, a California man who gave up a collection of Star Wars memorabilia worth more than $10,000 in a plea deal to charges that he defrauded a state agency out of nearly $1.9 million.

Hodgson was charged in April with 22 counts of grand theft after the California Department of Transportation hired him to publish advertisements for construction contracts in local newspapers. “He instead used the money to pay off a mortgage, make purchases of toys and comics, and pay for exotic trips for him and his company staff,” State Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office said in a statement.

Hodgson, 43, pleaded guilty on Thursday to defrauding the agency and has agreed to forfeit his Star Wars collection. He must also forfeit two residences, two cars and retirement accounts as part of the plea deal and faces a nine-year prison sentence.

Nick Pacilio, a spokesman for Harris, said on Friday that among the forfeited items now slated for auction is a rubber statue of Yoda, approximately three feet tall, complete with robe and wispy hair. …

Vía Reuters: Oddly Enough http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/oddlyEnoughNews/~3/XBU8PDM4UOc/story01.htm

He should obviously stop listening to advice from that crazy Yoda statue. Who bought the cursed Yoda?

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This entry was posted on July 13, 2013 by in Crime, Science Fiction, Strange.
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