Faked Death May Cost Man $130,000

A Panama City man accused of faking his drowning to avoid criminal charges is liable for $130,000 the U.S. Coast Guard spent trying to rescue him.

A U.S. District Judge on Monday convicted 36-year-old Steven Haun of one count of issuing a false distress signal.

The Panama City News Herald reports that sentencing is scheduled for August 16.

Haun was boating with friends in October 2002 when he was reported missing.

According to court documents, Haun abandoned a float he was on and swam to a jet ski. Once he reached shore, he headed to Indiana where he was arrested a few weeks later.

He was facing a charge of lewd and lascivious exhibition for exposing himself to two girls.

Haun denies faking his death and says he went to Indiana to see a doctor, among other reasons.

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