SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Arrest warrants have been issued for actor Randy Quaid and his wife after they failed to show for a court hearing on a felony charge that they defrauded an innkeeper, a prosecutor said yesterday.

The no-show will cost the couple $40,000 in forfeited bail. It was the most recent in a string of court absences that have resulted in arrest warrants and an aborted attempt to extradite the pair from Randy Quaid's home state of Texas.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said the couple are felony fugitives again and will have to post $40,000 if arrested.

The Quaids' attorney, Robert Sanger, declined comment on the case.

Randy and Evi Quaid were arrested on Sept. 24 in West Texas after being accused of using an invalid credit card to defraud the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito of more than $10,000. Sanger has said the couple paid the bill and had hoped to resolve the case.

Randy Quaid is best-known for supporting roles in films such "Independence Day" and "National Lampoon's Vacation." He is Dennis Quaid's older brother.