Whitesnake Embezzler Jailed
David Coverdale's groundskeeper stole $287kSleaze Roxx reports that Coverdale and his wife Cindy hired Eric Hosmer as their groundskeeper and maintenance man in 2009, and that they had treated him like family during his time with them, celebrating his birthday and giving him money for his wedding.
But all that time Hosmer was stealing from the Coverdales, taking a total of $287,000.
Washoe Judge Patrick Flanagan sentenced Eric Hosmer, 44, of Incline Village, to probation for two counts of felony theft and ordered that he pay restitution of more than $69,000. Though he ordered county jail time of six months, Flanagan suspended two state prison terms of one to four years each.
Cindy Coverdale said "He's an amazing con man and liar," she said, adding that he did not deserve probation and would be a threat to someone else.
David Coverdale said that Hosmer stole from them on a daily basis. "He's a deceiver, liar and a thief."
Hosmer was arrested in March, soon after the theft was discovered by a financial adviser. Flanagan said Hosmer ran a sophisticated scam of giving the couple fraudulent invoices for day labor workers and for home maintenance.