Movie buff Eric Hodgson, 43, had to give up his freedom for nine years and turn over his Star Wars collection to the state, this after he pleaded guilty to 22 counts of grand theft.
“I can’t believe this is happening to him,” said family friend, Kathy Silvers.
The state said Hodgson defrauded the California Department of Transportation out of $1.9 million by using false documentation. Now he is in state prison severing time for his crime.
“He so nice and I can’t believe it and I love him and I want him to come back,” Silvers said, through tears.
Silvers says Hodgson, her landlord, is a dear family friend who allowed her family to stay in his three-bedroom home in Elk Grove for just nine hundred dollars a month.
“He gave us this place to stay for pretty cheap rent and bought us appliances and stuff,” said Silver’s son, Kyle.
Hodgson, the owner of Phenix Print & Image was hired by CalTrans but never performed the work he promised to do. Instead, he used the money to pay off a mortgage, go on exotic trips and buy expensive Star Wars memorabilia.
“He owns his own business. He liked to power trip you know,” said Kyle Silvers.
Hodgson’s Star Wars collection was valued at more than $10,000 and included replica lightsabers, and models of Yoda and the Millennium Falcon.
He several retirement accounts, two cars and two of his homes.
“If they have to take [this home], I’ll go and I’ll just have to find a place to live,” said Silvers.