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Casey Anthony files for bankruptcy, owes thousands in attorney fees

Casey Anthony, the woman found innocent of killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2011, has filed for bankruptcy in Florida. Anthony owes hundreds of thousands in attorney fees and court costs.

Casey Anthony smiles before the start of her sentencing hearing in Orlando, Fla., July 7, 2011. Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida, Friday, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.

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Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.

Court records show that Anthony, who was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2011, sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Tampa on Friday.

Her listed 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 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.


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