Casey Anthony has been out of the news since being acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2011. But today reports have surfaced saying that Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida on Friday, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Boy does it suck to be you, Casey Anthony.
Court records indicate that Anthony, who is listed as unemployed with no recent income, sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Tampa. The filing came on the same day that a Florida appellate court set aside two of the four convictions she faced for lying to detectives during the investigation into her missing daughter.
The list of her debts include $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for her criminal defense lawyer during the trial, Jose Baez; $145,660 for 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 filling also states that she is a defendant in several civil suits, including one brought by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez for defamation in Orange County Circuit Court. Fernandez-Gonzalez claims her reputation was damaged by Anthony telling detectives that a baby sitter by the same name kidnapped Caylee. The detectives were on what seemed like a wild goose chase lead by Anthony, investigating the 2008 disappearance of the girl, who later was found dead.
Anthony's attorney said details offered by Anthony did not match Fernandez-Gonzalez and clearly showed Anthony wasn't talking about her. Duh — it's clearly impossible to talk about someone that in all likeliness doesn't even exist. Even still, how does this change the fact that Fernandez-Gonzalez was defamed?
According to the courts, the aim of seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection is to be discharged of most existing debts — essentially to obtain a fresh financial start. A trustee may have the right to take possession of and sell non-exempt property and use the sale proceeds to pay creditors, but Anthony lists little in the way of assets. A debtor may still be held responsible for some obligations, such as taxes and student loans.
Anthony lists about 80 creditors in the 60-page court filing. The claims largely cover fees for legal, medical, psychiatric and forensics consulting or services. But one claim covers a debt for scuba diving services. Perhaps Anthony should scuba dive to the bottom of the ocean and live there, because life above ground seems to be getting increasingly undesirable for her… and for her, er…"protection."