A man convicted of defrauding Caltrans out of nearly $1.9 million to pay for a lavish lifestyle, which included $10,000 in Star Wars collectibles, was sentenced to nine years in state prison, officials said.
Eric Hodgson, 43, of Elk Grove agreed to a plea deal Tuesday that in addition to prison time, he would forfeit property such as two houses, two cars, retirement savings and a Star Wars collection, which included a 3-foot-tall Yoda statue, according to a statement issued by the California Attorney General's Office.
Caltrans hired Hodgson and his company, Phenix Print & Image, to advertise new construction contracts to potential bidders, but soon discovered that he used fake invoices for ads that were never published in local newspapers as promised, according to the statement.
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An investigation conducted by the California Department of Justice determined the stolen money was used to pay off a mortgage, buy comics and toys and fund trips for him and his company’s staff.
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