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“America’s Most Hated Woman” Casey Anthony files for bankruptcy -- Claims about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities

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Casey Anthony
Casey Anthony

Casey Anthony, the mother acquitted in 2011 of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, filed for bankruptcy in Florida on Friday, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.

According to the New York Daily News, court records show that Anthony sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Tampa.

Her debts reportedly include $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for her criminal defense lawyer Jose Baez; $145,660 to the Orange County Sheriff's office for a judgment covering investigative fees and costs related to the case; $68,540 for the Internal Revenue Service for taxes, interest and penalties; and $61,505 for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for court costs.

The recent filing also states that she is a defendant in other civil suits, including one brought to Orange County Circuit Court by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez for defamation.

Fernandez-Gonzalez claims her reputation was damaged when Anthony told detectives that a babysitter with her name had kidnapped Caylee. But Anthony's attorney said the description offered by Anthony did not match Fernandez-Gonzalez's appearance and clearly demonstrated that Anthony wasn't talking about her.

Court records list that Anthony is unemployed, with no recent income.

Anthony is reportedly seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection to be discharged of most of her existing debts, although a trustee could still have the right to take possession of her non-exempt property and use the sale proceeds to pay creditors.

Anthony lists few salable assets, however. Her filing came on the same day a Florida appellate court set aside two of the four convictions against her for lying to detectives during the investigation into her missing daughter, who was eventually found dead.

Anthony was acquitted of killing Caylee, but the jurors convicted her of four counts of lying to detectives, which her attorneys appealed. Anthony was sentenced to time served for the misdemeanors.

She was then sentenced to a year of probation after her release from jail for an unrelated case. To date her whereabouts are unknown since she was released from state supervision last year.

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