Casey Anthony Owes Florida Nearly $100,000
Casey Anthony was ordered today to pay nearly $100,000 for costs incurred by police and searchers during the five months in 2008 that investigators searched for her daughter, Caylee.
On July 5 Anthony was acquitted of murdering her daughter, but found guilty of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
Casey Antony claimed her daughter had been kidnapped by a babysitter, prompting a massive search for the girl and her alleged kidnapper.
On the first day of her murder trial, Casey Anthony’s lawyer said the girl was never kidnapped, but had drowned in the family pool.
Florida authorities originally asked Anthony to reimburse them for $500,00o, but Judge Belvin Perry signed an order that was released today requiring Casey Anthony to repay $97,676.98.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement footed the biggest part of the bill, spending more than $61,000 investigating Caylee’s disappearance.
The Orange County Sheriff spent nearly $26,000 and the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation claims expenses greater than $10,000.
The 25-year-old, who is broke and unemployed, may be required to pay even more money to the sheriff’s department when the Ninth Judicial Court receives additional documentation from the Orange County Sheriff’s office later this month.
During a Sept. 2 hearing the State Attorney’s office requested reimbursement as well, but because Anthony was acquitted of first degree murder and child abuse they will not receive compensation for the cost of prosecuting those charges.
Six-figure lawsuits from Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, the woman who shared a name with the fictional nanny Anthony claimed abducted Caylee, and EquuSearch, the volunteer search organization that hunted for Caylee, also loom on the horizon.
Casey Anthony is currently on probation for check fraud and has not been seen publically since her acquittal.