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Randy Quaid's wife admits hotel fraud

Randy and Evi Quaid
The couple have repeatedly missed hearings in the case

The wife of actor Randy Quaid has been put on probation for three years after she admitted defrauding a hotel in Santa Barbara, California.

Evi Quaid was also ordered to serve 240 hours of community service for using an invalid credit card in June 2009 to pay a $10,000 (£6,493) bill.

A similar charge against her husband was dropped.

The pair, who have now repaid the bill, had repeatedly missed hearings since the case was brought in September.

This is a very fair resolution of the matter. The Quaids are pleased with the disposition
Robert Sanger
Lawyer for the Quaids

On Monday, they were briefly jailed and released on bail after showing up for a court hearing two weeks late.

The couple had previously claimed they had paid the bill and that there had been a misunderstanding.

"This is a very fair resolution of the matter," their lawyer Robert Sanger said.

"The Quaids are pleased with the disposition."

Mrs Quaid will work with the homeless for her community service, Mr Sanger added.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Arnie Tolks said there had been a strong circumstantial case against Randy Quaid but that his wife, who looks after their financial affairs, had been more involved in the transactions.

Charges had been dropped against him because he had "very little to do with the ongoing negotiations and the attempts by the hotel to get payment", Mr Tolks added.

Quaid, the older brother of actor Dennis, has appeared in films including Brokeback Mountain, National Lampoon's Vacation and Independence Day.

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