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'Affluenza' Mom Off Hook for $3K Extradition Tab

Order for Tonya Couch to pay up rescinded—for now
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2016 7:17 AM CST
'Affluenza' Mom Off Hook for $3K Extradition Tab
Tonya Couch, center, the mother of a Texas teen who used an "affluenza" defense in a drunken wreck, leaves Tarrant County Jail on Jan. 12, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas.   (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

(Newser) – It cost just over $3,175 to haul Tonya Couch from Los Angeles back to Fort Worth last month, but the mom of "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch won't have to pay it back to Texas' Tarrant County for now, the Star-Telegram reports. The elder Couch, who's accused of hindering apprehension of her son after taking off with him to Mexico in December, was deported to Los Angeles a few days after their Dec. 28 capture.

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Tonya Couch posted bail in January after it was lowered from $1 million to $75,000—under the condition that she pay the extradition charges, Fox 4 News reports. But a lawyer unrelated to the case tells the station that such fees aren't typical until after a conviction. The order to pay up was rescinded Friday. (Meanwhile, Ethan Couch was moved to an adult jail last week.)

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