Jodie Foster's father will learn if he faces jail time on grand theft and unlicensed contracting charges when a jury delivers its verdict relating to an alleged property scam on Wednesday morning (07Dec11).
Lucius Fisher Foster Iii stands accused of offering to build 20 homes and taking deposits from prospective buyers in the San Fernando Valley, and then pocketing the cash when the construction work fell through.
The 89 year old allegedly cheated investors out of more than $100,000 (£62,500) and last month (Nov11) he was charged with 17 misdemeanour counts of grand theft and seven of contracting without a licence.
Foster denied the accusations and maintained he was planning to following through with the building plans.
Following a week-long trial in Van Nuys, California, jurors in the case reached a verdict on Tuesday (06Dec11) shortly after closing arguments from Deputy City Attorney Don Cocek, who told the court Foster stole an estimated $130,000 (£81,250) from prospective home buyers.
Foster, who was representing himself in court, insisted he was always planning to complete the job of converting cargo containers into homes for low-income families.