A judge just ordered Casey Anthony to pay more than $97,000 in costs associated with investigating her daughter's disappearance back in 2008 - costs that could have been avoided or mitigated were it not for her lies.
Judge Belvin Perry issued the ruling today, and while significant, it represents less than one-fifth of the amount that prosecutors sought.
Casey Anthony has been ordered to pay the following:
- $61,505.12 to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
- $10,0283.90 to the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation
- $25,837.96 to the Orange County Sheriff's Office
- $50 to the State Attorney's Office.
The costs - $97,676.98 to be precise - were incurred while officials searched for Caylee Marie Anthony, between July 15 and September 29, 2008.Prosecutors sought more than $500,000 in costs from Anthony, who was acquitted of murder but nailed for four counts of lying to law enforcement.
Perry's order requires Anthony to pay costs associated only with counts of which she was convicted, so she's off the hook in the high-five figures.
Not that $97K is chump change, or that this particular chump won't have issues coming up with it. A judge already declared her indigent in 2010.
Maybe Dr. Phil can help with another donation. You know he'd be game if she agreed to sit down for an all-time ratings grab. Wheels are turning ...