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Foster's father jailed over scam

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

Los Angeles city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said Lucius Foster, 89, was sentenced two days after he was convicted of 21 misdemeanour counts of grand theft.

He was convicted of taking 5,000 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.

Lucious Foster told City News Service that he remained 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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