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Man accused of faking disappearance at sea gets probation

November 29, 2016

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida man who authorities say faked getting lost at sea has been sentenced to one year of probation.

The Sun Sentinel (https://goo.gl/OUdXKC ) reports that 46-year-old Richard Ohrn received his sentence Tuesday. As part of a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty in August to communicating a false distress message. He agreed at that time to pay $1 million to cover the cost of the pointless U.S. Coast Guard search.

Authorities say Ohrn set a blood-stained boat adrift in the Atlantic Ocean in March 2015. A report says he then used an inflatable boat to travel back ashore and flee to Georgia. Authorities say he was trying to escape mounting costs from a lawsuit. The incident triggered a search by air and sea.

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Information from: Sun Sentinel , http://www.sun-sentinel.com/

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