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Wanted Fugitives: Randy Quaid, Wife Fail to Make Court Appearances

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By Kamika Dunlap on December 17, 2009 12:45 PM

The actor Randy Quaid and his wife are wanted fugitives on charges related to allegedly skipping out on a $10,000 luxury hotel bill.

That sounds like a scene right out of a Hollywood movie -- but unfortunately for actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi, it's reality.

The couple was arrested on Sept. 24 after being accused of using an invalid credit card to defraud an innkeeper at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito of more than $10,000.

According to CNN, warrants have been issued for the their arrest after they failed to appear for a court hearing at a Santa Barbara courthouse on Monday. Also, their collective bond is now raised to $40,000 each.

The new bail requirement is on top of the $40,000 bond the Quaids posted last month, which they've now forfeited by not attending court.

The couple's latest no-show in a string of court absences that have resulted in arrest warrants and an aborted attempt to extradite the pair from Randy Quaid's home state of Texas.

The Quaids have skipped five voluntary court appearances. The Santa Barbara DA was proceeding with extradition measures to bring the pair from Texas to California when they first posted bond.

Now, the court has prepared a new arrest warrant with the new bail conditions, and extradition proceedings will kick in again.

Randy Quaid, 58, the brother of actor Dennis Quaid, is a former cast member on "Saturday Night Live." His big-screen credits include the "National Lampoon Vacation"and "Brokeback Mountain."

Quaid and his wife are now wanted fugitives.

A "fugitive felon" is defined as someone who is fleeing to avoid prosecution for a felony, or to avoid custody or confinement after conviction for a felony.

The Quaids' attorney, Robert Sanger has said the couple paid the bill and had hoped to resolve the case.