On April 24th, 2013

Special Agents Arrest Business Owner Accused Of Defrauding Taxpayers of Nearly $2 Million

ASA-DOJCalifornia Department of Justice (DOJ) special agents arrested Elk Grove business owner, Eric Blaine Hodgson, 43, on 22 counts of grand theft, today.  Hodgson is the owner of Phenix Print & Image and is accused of defrauding Caltrans of $1.9 million dollars by billing Caltrans for work that was never done.  Caltrans hired Phenix Print & Image to advertise new construction contracts to bidders, as required by law, but the information never made it to publication. 

Special agents discovered Hodgson used false and fraudulent documentation to pull off the grand theft scheme starting back in 2008.  Reports are Hodgson used the money to pay off a mortgage, to buy toys and comics and to pay for exotic trips for him and his company staff.

"As so many people have struggled in the weak economy, this is shameful," said Alan Barcelona, president of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA).  CSLEA represents DOJ special agents along with nearly 7,000 other law enforcement, public safety and consumer protection professionals who work for the state of California.  "The special agents  investigated, got an arrest warrant, and based on their work, the Attorney General has said she will 'aggressively prosecute this case and seek to recover every dollar of the public's money that was misused.'"

Hodgson was booked in the Sacramento County Jail shortly after 10:00 a.m. this morning, according to the jail's website.

California Statewide
Law Enforcement Association

Headquarters:
2029 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
916.447.5262
800.522.2873
Southern Office:
5762 Bolsa Ave, Suite 104
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
714.894.4411
Member Association of PORAC

About CSLEA

CSLEA Board and OfficersAffiliatesCSLEA Foundation

News Center

Monthly NewsletterCalendarVideos

Contact CSLEA

Legal

Legal StaffAdmonishment StatementLegal Defense FundKnow Your Rights VideosLegal FAQLegal Representation CommitteePeace Officer Bill of Rights

Politics

CSLEA Legislative UpdateLegislative Request FormLegislationPAC EndorsementsPast PAC EndorsementsGeneral Election Results

Membership

Join CSLEAAddress Update
Member Services StaffMembership ServicesMember BenefitsScholarshipCSLEA DiscountsSupervisors & Managers
© Copyright  - California Statewide Law Enforcement Association
twitterfacebookyoutube-playinstagramvimeo