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Judge Orders Jon Gosselin To Return $180,000 To Joint Account

Jon Gosselin has been caught with his hands in the cookie jar.

A Pennsylvania judge has ordered the reality TV dad to return $180,000 to a joint bank account he shares with estranged wife Kate by October 26.

It's part of more than $230,000 that Kate claimed he took from the account, despite an arbitrator's explicit orders. If Jon fails to do pay back the money by the date set by the judge, he must appear before the court for contempt proceedings.

The judge has also ordered an accounting of past expenses from Kate by the same date, in response to Jon's allegations that she has not been forthright about her own earnings and savings. She must also account in detail for the $55,000 Kate says she spent on household and child-related expenses.

"There has been no determination concerning the hundreds of thousands of dollars that Kate has failed to account for in violation of the arbitrator’s order," Jon's attorney Mark Heller says in a statement.

"It may very well be determined that very substantial sums of money which Kate has failed to account for might have been misapplied and misused by Kate. As of now, Jon Gosselin chooses to give Kate the benefit of doubt, but we are all anxiously awaiting her compliance."

While Kate says that the court "has ruled fairly on behalf of myself and my children" and she looks "forward to returning to private arbitration, as we have agreed to do, to resolve any remaining issues."

The divorcing stars of TLC's 'Jon and Kate Plus 8' appeared briefly in family court Tuesday to discuss the financial sticking points.

October 14, 2009 |

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