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Casey Anthony bankruptcy: How much does she owe?

Casey Anthony says she has only $1,000 in assets, and owes creditors almost $800,000. Casey Anthony meets with creditors on Monday.

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Casey Anthony leaves the Orange County Jail with her attorney Jose Baez, in Orlando, Fla. in July 2011. Anthony will emerge from seclusion for a meeting with the creditors in her bankruptcy case in Tampa Monday March 4, 2013.

(AP Photo/Red Huber, Pool, File)

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Casey Anthony will be coming out of seclusion for a meeting with the creditors in her bankruptcy case in Tampa, Fla.

The bankruptcy meeting is taking place Monday.

Ms. Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida in late January, claiming about $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Court papers list Anthony as unemployed, with no recent income.

Anthony has not made any public appearances since she left jail after being acquitted in 2011 of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

The bankruptcy filing came on the same day a Florida appellate court set aside two of the four convictions she faced for lying to detectives during the investigation into her missing daughter.

 

In her January bankruptcy filing, according to The Christian Science Monitor, Anthony listed debts include $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for her criminal defense lawyer, Jose Baez, during the trial; $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.

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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.

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.

 

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