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Man who faked death has to repay Coast Guard for search

Prescription pill dealer Julius "Butch" Nesbitt, who faked his own death three years ago to avoid prison time, was not only sent to prison Monday but ordered to repay the Coast Guard for its search for him.

Nesbitt, 61, was sentenced to more than 12 years for illegally selling hundreds of oxycodone pills and ordered to repay the Coast Guard $170,114 for the cost of the two-day search of Winyah Bay in November 2007.

Nesbitt beached his 16-foot fishing boat with the ignition switch turned on to make it look like he had an accident. He transferred property out of his name and tried to get a birth certificate and Social Security card in his dead brother's name.

U.S. marshals arrested Nesbitt in Terre Haute, Ind., in 2008. He had $65,000 worth of counterfeit money, newspaper clippings about his disappearance, identification cards with his picture but the name of a close friend, and stolen vehicles from South Carolina.

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