Records show Casey Anthony’s bankruptcy filing includes nearly $800,000 in debt. Sources say the troubled woman filed Chapter 7 in a Tampa federal court Friday, claiming that she has no source of income and is burdened by rising debt. Casey, who was acquitted in 2011 in the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony, still faces a defamation lawsuit.
According to a Jan. 27 report from ABC News, Anthony listed her assets at just $1,100 and personal debt at $792,000.
The Casey Anthony bankruptcy filing outlines her debt as the following: $500,000 for the cost of her criminal defense team lead by Jose Baez during the murder trial; $146,660 of debt to the Orange County Sheriff’s office, that includes a judgment against Anthony for investigative costs, $61,505 for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (or FDLE) for court costs and $68,540 owed to the IRS for back taxes.
Furthermore, Anthony’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing includes 80 creditors and largely includes debt that built up during her criminal trial.
Of note, one creditor listed as debt includes scuba diving services.
Essentially, the type of filing in court she chose allows debtors to get a clean and fresh start for debt that was legally obtained and couldn’t be paid back, usually through no fault of their own. A judge will give the final say after determining if the case is free from fraud.
Typically, a trustee is assigned to oversee the case, move it along and attempt to liquidate assets to pay creditors. However, considering Casey has little or no assets, it’s a moot point.
And while a person can start fresh, the blemish on their credit report remains for up to 10 years.
Ironically, on the day Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy, a Florida Appeals Court set aside two of four misdemeanor charges for lying to detectives during the murder investigation of Caylee Anthony.
All that remains now is for Anthony to face a looming civil lawsuit brought on by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, who claims Casey defamed her.
The woman states that Anthony implicated her in the death of Caylee by saying the girl was last seen with Gonzalez before she went missing.
The woman, who has no relation to Anthony or her daughter, claims her reputation is ruined because Casey used the name of an alleged baby sitter with the same name that doesn’t exist.
Attorneys for Anthony argued that while their client used the name, the circumstances and description was not in reference to Gonzalez.
With Casey Anthony’s bankruptcy filed and her criminal case final concluded; all eyes will be on the outcome of her civil matter.