NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The fruitless search for a North Carolina woman who apparently faked her drowning at the South Carolina coast cost taxpayers about $50,000.

The Coast Guard's cost for using a boat, helicopter and personnel to search for 42-year-old Amy Robinson was more than $42,000, while the city of North Myrtle Beach spent about $8,000. Authorities in South Carolina's Horry County are considering the possibility of charging Arrington with some of the cost of the search. The Gaston County woman was reported missing by her husband last weekend. Investigators think the couple made up the story so she could avoid facing forgery and identity theft charges in Charlotte this week.

Paul Arrington was charged in North Myrtle Beach this week with criminal conspiracy and making a false complaint.

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