Fake 911 calls could cost you more in California

August 20, 2013 10:05:45 AM PDT
Making a fake 911 call could end up costing you more in California.

A bill that's close to passing in the state Legislature would make people who make fake 911 calls subject to paying the costs of mobilizing emergency responders. The Assembly has approved a measure that would add a fine of up to $10,000 to cover the costs of the emergency mobilization.

Under current law, the misdemeanor penalty for making a false 911 call is $1,000 and up to a year in county jail. The crime becomes a felony if someone is injured.

The problem has been especially acute in the Los Angeles area, where fake 911 calls to the homes of celebrities have become common. The practice is referred to as "swatting" because SWAT units sometimes have to be called.

The bill returns to the Senate for concurrence before being sent to the governor.

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