Star Wars collector heads to prison and California takes his toys.
Source: LA Times
Erik Hodgson plead guilty to defraud the California Department of Transportation of almost $2 million on Friday. Caltrans hired him for advertising, but he pocketed the money instead.
Hodgson agreed to a nine-year prison sentence and to forfeit two homes, two cars, retirement savings and the "Star Wars" loot.
Aside from just living it up, Hodgson spent the a good bit of money on toys and comics. We realize these days, the price of comics has gotten a bit out of hand, but if you feel moved to defraud your state for millions of dollars to fund your habit, please turn to your loved ones for help.
I would suggest the best method of moving the memoriabilia is to buy a booth at comic-con and auction the toys off. Now that the state's budget is under control, they could probably afford a booth.
Here are a few of the toys from his Star Wars collection:
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About the Author - Jeremy Shane
Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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