(LOS ANGELES) -- Jodie Foster’s elderly father was convicted Wednesday of 21 misdemeanor counts of grand theft and nine misdemeanor counts of contracting without a license in a home-building scam, People magazine reports.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles say 89-year-old Lucius Foster collected $5,000 down payments from people with the promise of constructing modular homes out of 40-foot-long shipping containers. Prosecutors say not a single home was ever built, and the 89-year-old Foster bilked $130,000 from the poor and elderly.
Deputy City Attorney Don Cocek said Foster has been soliciting customers since at least 2005, dubbing him the “Bernie Madoff of Sherman Oaks.”
The elderly Foster acted as his own attorney in the trial and insisted there was no scam, but that he was simply trying to help solve the city’s affordable housing problem.
Foster is estranged from his famous daughter. Jodie Foster was born a few months after her parents divorced and was raised by her mother with reportedly little involvement from her dad.
Lucius Foster faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Thursday.
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