CBSLocal reports from Van Nuys, California, the 89 year-old estranged father of actress Jodie Foster may be looking at cell bars instead of his daughter’s films. Lucius Fisher Foster III allegedly took $5,000 from 20 people in the San Fenando Valley and promised them a low cost modular home, stalling when the completion dates passed and the buyers questioned him. Selling online, he offered a 2,000 square foot three bedroom modular on a single- family lot for $85,000, touting his fatherhood of Ms. Foster to gain their trust. Now looking at 17 counts of grand theft and seven counts of contracting without a license, he faces a year in jail and/or a 1k fine for each grand theft charge, and six months for each count of unlicensed contracting. Criminal charges were filed after courthouse files disclosed several civil suits levied against Foster were not paid. Since the initial filing of charges, others have alleged he scammed them as well, and the prosecutor will ask the judge to include four more counts of grand theft at the pretrial hearing Nov. 17.
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