Randy Quaid arrested for squatting in old home

6:17 PM PST 09/19/2010 by Staff report, AP

Actor and his wife are facing burglary charges

Randy Quaid and his wife are contending with a new round of legal woes.

The actor and his wife, Evi, are facing burglary charges after the owner of the couple's old house reported they had been living there without permission.

A representative of the property owner called Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies Saturday afternoon to report that squatters had been illegally staying in the guest house. When deputies arrived that night, they found the couple, who said they had owned the property since the 1990s.

But the property owner's rep had documents showing that his client had bought the home three years ago from a man who had purchased it from the Quaids several years earlier. A contractor showed police more than $5,000 in damages to the guest house that he believed was caused by the Quaids.

Police arrested the couple on charges of felony residential burglary and entering a noncommercial building without consent, a misdemeanor. Evi Quaid was also charged with resisting arrest. Bail was set at $50,000 each.

A year ago, the couple was charged with defrauding an innkeeper of more than $10,000 as well as conspiracy and burglary after an invalid credit card was used at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito. An invalid card also was used at the Biltmore in Santa Barbara.

Felony charges were later dropped against Randy Quaid. Evi Quaid pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of defrauding an innkeeper and was sentenced to three years' probation. She was also ordered to perform 240 hours of community service.

Once a prolific character actor -- with one Oscar nominations for "The Last Detail" and three Emmy noms -- Randy Quaid has seen his career grind to a virtual halt. Quaid's last appearance onscreen was in the tennis comedy "Balls Out," starring Seann William Scott, in which he played a tennis coach who drops dead. The movie went straight to DVD in January 2009.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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