Judge Belvin Perry ruled that Anthony must reimburse $97,676.98 in investigative costs incurred between July 15, 2008 and September 29, 2008 , on what prosecutors described as a “wild goose chase” as they searched for Caylee, who was eventually found dead.
Besides being charged with her daughter’s murder, she was also found guilty on four counts of lying to investigators.
Initially, prosecutors had requested she pay at least $500,000 for the investigation.
“The state asks the court not to apportion any of the costs because (Anthony’s) lies or series of lies are inextricably intertwined with the entire investigation. The state further argues: ‘Attempting to prove Ms. Anthony was a murderer proved she was a liar,’” judge Perry wrote in his order.
He also added that the defense argued that “testimony provided at the hearing indicated that as of September 30, 2008, there was no longer a missing person investigation but a homicide investigation.”
Casey Anthony is currently on probation for check fraud and has been in hiding since her acquittal.