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The State of California Becomes Geek Certified In Time for SDCC

Written by Jeremy Shane on Monday, July 15 2013 and posted in News with Benefits
Star Wars

The State of California Becomes Geek Certified In Time for SDCC

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: 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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