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Published October 07, 2011, 06:21 PM

Total costs of manhunt for escaped inmate over $50,000

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The bill for the 2 day manhunt of an escaped inmate near Valley City is in, and the company responsible for transporting the inmates may not only have to pay back all of the money, it could also be facing a civil violation.

The bill for the 2 day manhunt of an escaped inmate near Valley City is in, and the company responsible for transporting the inmates may not only have to pay back all of the money, it could also be facing a civil violation.

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney says the estimated total so far for the man hunt is roughly $55,000. This total came from the nearly 60 personnel and the seven or eight agencies involved.

Sheriff Paul Laney – Cass County Sheriff: “Once we get the final numbers and the exact numbers and which agencies are going to seek compensation we will submit that number.”

Laney says a claim will be filled against The Extradition Transportation America Company that was transporting the inmates for reimbursement of the full amount of funds used. He says the company has been very receptive and is cooperating.

Sheriff Paul Laney: “We are very comfortable with our relationship with the company, they are not shirking their responsibilities, and we are very confident that the US attorney will give us the right course of action to follow up on the violation of the act.”

Laney also says the company may have broken laws from the Interstate Transportation of Dangerous Criminals Act of 2000. The company responsible for transporting is by law required to give every jurisdiction that it travels through a 24 hour notice, Sheriff Laney says he did not receive a call until the company reported the escaped inmate.

Sheriff Paul Laney: “We have been in consultation with the US attorney’s office; we have all had a conference call with them. What they are going to do, this is a civil violation and it is an administrative sanction.”

The Transportation of Dangerous Criminals Act of 2000 was sponsored by former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan. Laney says it's ironic this federal law was put to the test here in the state of North Dakota. Laney says he intends to reimburse the farmers who did the combining that led to the capture of the inmate.

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