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Casey Anthony Files for Bankruptcy

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Recently, in Florida, Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy in which she claimed about $1,100 is assets and about $792,000 in liabilities.

Anthony, who was acquitted in 2011 of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, sought out protection from Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Tampa federal court, according to the court records.

The list of Anthony's debts includes $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for her criminal defense lawyer during the time of her trial; $145,660 for the Orange County Sheriff's office that she paid to get a judgment that covered investigation fees and costs related to the case, $68,540 due to the Internal Revenue Service for taxes, interests and penalties; and another $61,505 for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the remaining court costs.

In the filing, it is also stated that Anthony is a defendant in several civil suits, including one that was brough by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, charging her of defamation in Orange County Circuit Court. Fernandez-Gonzalez claimed that her reputation was damaged when Anthony told detectives that a babysitting by the same name had kidnapped Caylee.

The 2008 disappearance of the girl was investigated by detectives and she was later found dead. Anthony's attorney pointed out that details from Anthony did not match Fernandez-Gonzalez, which clearly showed that Anthony was not talking about her.

Court papers also listed Anthony as unemployed and with no recent income. Within the 60-page court filing, Anthony lists close to 80 different creditors. The claims mostly cover legal, medical, psychiatric and forensic consulting or service fees. Just one claim is for a scuba diving services debt.

The aim of seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection is, according to the courts, is to be exempt from most existing debts, to get a fresh financial start. Trustees may have the right to take possession and sell non-exempt properties and use the proceeds to pay creditors, however, Anthony lists very little for assets. Debtors may still be held responsible for obligations including taxes and student loans.

Anthony's filing came the same day that the Florida appellate court dismissed two of the four convictions that she faced for lying to detectives during the investigation of her missing daughter. Anthony was acquitted of killing Caylee, but jurors still convicted her of four counts of lying to detectives and her attorneys appealed those convictions. Anthony's sentence was to serve time for the misdemeanors.

After her release from jail for an unrelated case, she was sentenced to a year of probation. After her release from the state supervision last year, Anthony's whereabouts have been kept secret for her protection.

If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, like Anthony, contact a bankruptcy attorney today.

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