LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jodie Foster's estranged father faces more
than 25 years behind bars after being convicted of bilking more than $100,000 from the poor and elderly in a home-building scheme.
City News Service reports that Lucius Foster was convicted of 21
misdemeanor counts of grand theft after a jury deliberated for about three hours on Wednesday. A Los Angeles judge is scheduled to
sentence the 89-year-old on Thursday afternoon.
Lucius Foster was convicted of taking $5,000 each from 21 people
for whom he promised to build affordable homes made from cargo
containers. The units were never built, and prosecutors alleged he
used blatant lies and charm to attract investors.
He acknowledged he remains estranged from his two-time Oscar-winning daughter and was immediately taken into custody after the verdict.
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