Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Colton Harris-Moore the 'Barefoot Bandit' to be stripped of cash from multi-million dollar movie and book deals - 31st May 2011

He became known as the notorious 'Barefoot Bandit' after allegedly stealing cars, boats and planes for two years without wearing any socks or shoes.

And now it appears Colton Harris-Moore could be out of pocket as well, after federal prosecutors took the rare step of trying to block him profiting from any movie or book deals he has been offered for his extraordinary story.

An indictment filed this week in a Seattle District Court states that the 20-year-old should be made to give away 'any profits or proceeds received' in connection with the publication of any product relating to his alleged crime spree.

It is thought he could make many millions of dollars by selling his story.

Publishers and production companies are already said to be in discussions with the young former fugitive, who is accused of leading authorities on a cat-and-mouse chase involving stolen cars, boats and small planes after he allegedly escaped from a half-way house near Seattle in 2008.

He is accused of making a daring cross-country dash last year, stealing a plane in Indiana and crash-landing it in the Bahamas, before being captured by police at gunpoint last July in a stolen boat.

Harris-Moore's lawyer, John Henry Browne, said his client has already agreed to hand over any money he could earn from his story to pay the $1.3million he is said to owe in compensation.

Any other cash would go to charity, he said, after a remorseful Harris-Moore decided he did not want to benefit from his past behaviour.

'Everything is already agreed to. Colton does not and did not want a dime and thinks it's wrong to benefit from this,' Browne told the Seattle Times.

The notorious former fugitive is reportedly set to plead guilty as part of a sentencing agreement on charges that he stole five aircraft, two cars and burgled more than 100 homes, a bank and a grocery store in the North West and the Caribbean.

He was traced to all the crimes because, without shoes or socks on, his footprints were often found at the crime scenes. Read More