Caltrans contractor sentenced, ordered to forfeit Star Wars memorabilia

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A printing contractor has been sentenced to nine years in prison for defrauding the California Department of Transportation out of nearly $1.9 million.

State officials announced Friday that 43-year-old Eric Hodgson of Elk Grove will forfeit his $10,000 collection of Star Wars memorabilia -- including a 3-foot-tall Yoda and two light sabers -- as part of his restitution.

Hodgson pleaded guilty in Sacramento County Court to seven of 22 counts of grand theft. Under a plea deal, he will also forfeit two homes, two cars and retirement savings.

Caltrans hired his company, Phenix Print & Image, to advertise new construction contracts to potential bidders but discovered Hodgson used fake documents and never published many of the projects.

Hodgson did not immediately return a telephone message left at Phenix.

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