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Foster's father jailed over scam

A judge has sentenced Jodie Foster's estranged father to five years in prison for stealing more than 100,000 US dollars (£63,800) from poor and elderly people in a home-building scheme.

Los Angeles city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said Lucius Foster was sentenced two days after he was convicted of 21 misdemeanour counts of grand theft. The 89-year-old has been jailed since Wednesday.

He was convicted of taking 5,000 US dollars (£3,190) each from people for whom he promised to build affordable homes made from cargo containers.

The units were never built, and prosecutors said he blatantly lied to clients.

Lucius Foster told City News Service that he remains estranged from his actress daughter, a two-time Oscar winner.

He is due back in court on February 23 for a restitution hearing.

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