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California Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud

Erick Halkier Hansen, age 58, of Inglewood, California, was sentenced Thursday, September 8, 2016, to five years in federal prison as a result of his conviction for Conspiracy to Commit Wire and Mail Fraud.

Hansen was ordered to pay $2,872,300 in restitution to 51 investors who lost money as a result of Hansen’s criminal activity and required Hansen to serve three years of supervised release upon the completion of his sentence.

On March 24, 2016, the Defendant pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Wire and Mail Fraud with regard to his operation of BlueStar Digital Technologies, Inc. (“BlueStar”) and related entities in Spokane, Washington from October, 1, 2010 through January 1, 2014. Hansen was the President and Chief Executive Officer of BlueStar during the timeframe alleged in the indictment. According to information disclosed during court proceedings, the conspiracy involved Hansen’s solicitation of funds from investors across the United States for three separate schemes.

Second, in 2012 Hansen took funds from investors based on representations that BlueStar had a contract with a film company to release an animated film that BlueStar would exclusively distribute, including through distribution on Blu-ray Discs. Hansen continued to take funds from investors after the contract with the film company expired based on BlueStar’s failure to perform under the contract.

Third, also in 2012, Hansen signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with an individual and another film company wherein BlueStar and the film company agreed to explore the possibility of the film company investing in BlueStar. Hansen knew that the memorandum of understanding with the film company was not binding, but continued to collect investor funds as if the deal were imminent. The deal never materialized.

The total loss from Hansen’s criminal activity was found to be $2,872,300.