In July, sparked by jealousy, a woman living near Annecy in France, falsely warned that someone was carrying a bomb in the French sector of Geneva’s airport. Her motive? To prevent her husband’s mistress departing on holiday to Turkey. In response to the call, the airport was put on maximum alert, and police and security staff sprang into action erecting road blocks and checking all travelers entering the airport.
Shortly after the incident, the French courts sentenced the woman to 6 months in prison. In addition, Pierre Maudet, Geneva’s state councilor in charge of security, said at the time that the cost of the false alarm should not be borne by taxpayers.
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Late last week, the newspaper Le Matin, published the size of the bill sent to the guilty party. Together, 145 personnel worked 880 hours. At a cost of CHF 100 per hour, plus an extra CHF 2,000 for food and drinks for the team, the total bill sent to the woman, came to CHF 90,000.
According to 20 Minutes, it is not the first time an individual has been sent a invoice for a crime of this type.