February 1, 2013
By: John Clark
Casey Anthony, the single mother who was acquitted after being charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2011, is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to a CBS News report.
Sources say Anthony filed for bankruptcy last Friday in Tampa, Florida, in order to shed $792,000 in debt. Anthony, according to sources, also claimed that she only has $1,000 in assets.
Not surprisingly, Anthony’s most conspicuous debt is the $500,000 she owes to her criminal defense attorney, Jose Baez, who famously and successfully represented her during her criminal trial.
In addition, Anthony reportedly owes more than $145,000 to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, $68,000 to the Internal Revenue Service, and $61,000 to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Sources note that the debt owed to the sheriff’s office is a result of investigative fees and costs, and the debt owed to the Department of Law Enforcement is for general court costs related to her extensive trial.
To add to her financial peril, Anthony also noted in her filing that she is the target of several civil lawsuits, including one filed by a former babysitter who claims that Anthony lied to detectives when she said a woman who had the same name kidnapped her now-deceased daughter.
Anthony, who lists herself as unemployed in court documents, was charged with the murder of her young daughter, Caylee, but eventually acquitted in 2011 after a trial that captured the entire nation’s attention.
The jury, however, convicted Anthony on four counts of lying to detectives. For these crimes, all misdemeanors, Anthony was sentenced to a year of probation.
Since she was released from supervision by the state in 2012, her location has been kept a secret, to the frustration of many gossip magazines. There is, however, a bit of good news on the horizon for Anthony.
On the same day that she announced her intention to seek debt relief in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Anthony was informed that an appellate court in Florida overturned two of the four convictions for misleading detectives.
So, while Anthony still faces an uphill battle in her effort to repay her creditors, she did receive a bit of positive news regarding her prolonged battle in criminal court.