Lucius Foster faces 25 years in prison for collecting money for houses he never built

By Howard Breuer
December 07, 2011 03:50 PM

Jodie Foster’s 89-year-old father was convicted Wednesday of bilking $130,000 from poor and elderly people in a home-building scheme.

Lucius Foster, a Sherman Oaks, Calif., building contractor, was convicted of 21 counts of grand theft and nine counts of contracting without a license – all misdemeanors. He faces up to 25 years in prison at his sentencing Thursday.

Foster was accused of collecting $5,000 down-payments and promised 2,000-square-foot modular homes made from 40-foot Chinese shipping containers.

“Not one of these homes has ever been built in the city of Los Angeles,” Deputy City Attorney Don Cocek told the jury. “It’s all a big scam.”

He called Foster, who had been soliciting customers since at least 2005, the “Bernie Madoff of Sherman Oaks.”

Foster, who uses a walker and acted as his own attorney, insisted there was no scam and that he was trying to help solve the city’s affordable-housing problem by building solar-heated three-bedroom, two-bath homes for less than $100,000.