Former HGTV Star of ‘Flip It To Win It’ Going to Jail for Million Dollar Fraud

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Charles “Todd” Hill, who starred on the HGTV show Flip it over to win ithas been sentenced to prison in California for committing real estate and financial fraud against 11 victims, prosecutors said.

‘The concept of the show was that he bought dilapidated houses, fixed them up and then sold them for a profit. Instead, Hill spent millions on overbudget renovations, laundered the profits and pocketed millions in fraudulently obtained funds,” the Santa Clara County District Attorney wrote.

A judge last week sentenced Hill, 58, to four years in prison and paying nearly $10 million in restitution to the victims.

Hill was convicted last year of multiple fraud schemes, including schemes committed long before the show launched, prosecutors said.

“Evidence showed that Hill spent the laundered money on a rented apartment in San Francisco, as well as hotels, vacations and luxury cars,” the district attorney’s office said.

Hill created a Ponzi scheme, prosecutors said, by taking an investor’s money budgeted to buy homes and using it to live lavishly. He created false balance sheets and obtained loans using fraudulent information in an attempt to conceal his manipulations.

An investor was viewing a house that he had provided Hill with $250,000 to renovate in one case. The investor instead discovered a burned shell where no work had been carried out.

“Some see the enormous amount of money in Silicon Valley real estate as a business opportunity,” said District Attorney Jeff Rosen. “Others unfortunately see it as a criminal opportunity – and we will hold those people strictly accountable.”

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Hill was charged in November 2019. On September 27, 2023, he was convicted of theft against all victims and admitted to the aggravated administrative enhancements. Hill was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $9.4 million.

“Flip It to Win It” aired for one season on HGTV in 2014. Teams of renovators competed to renovate homes in Silicon Valley.

Hill took part in the show as one half of a duo. Hill’s team had the “biggest win” on the show with their flipping project. The duo reportedly made $134,000 in winnings.

The Santa Clara County judge ordered Hill to report to jail immediately on April 16.

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