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Casey Anthony files Chapter 7 bankruptcy

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Anthony, 26, was found not guility in the death of her daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony. Anthony, 26, was found not guility in the death of her daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony.
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

On the surface it appears Casey Anthony is broke. 

The 26-year-old former murder suspect was in Federal Court in Tampa this week, filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

"What that means is she has to give her assets to a trustee with the bankruptcy court so they can sell those to the creditor," explained legal expert Joe Episcopo.

It appears however, Anthony has very little to her name.

Court documents show her total assets are $1,084, less than half of which is in cash.  Her total liabilities are listed at more than $792,000.

Most of her debt is legal fees, owed to the attorney that defended her on murder charges – Jose Baez.

Anthony is also indebted to the Orange County Sheriff's Office to the tune of $145,000 for investigative costs pertaining to her case.

The Internal Revenue Service is owed more than $68,000 in taxes and fees from Anthony. She also owes $61,000 to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for court costs and $10,000 to the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation.

Court documents also list dozens of other creditors Anthony is in debt to for ‘unknown' amounts. The filing claims she is unemployed and has no recent income.

"If she doesn't have book, movie or TV rights [deal] obviously she'll be able to write off - so to speak - all of this debt," Episcopo adds.

The bankruptcy filing is far from the end of her legal woes. Anthony still faces several civil suits including a defamation case levied against her by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzales. 

Followers of the Caylee Anthony murder trial recognize that name. Early on in the investigation Casey Anthony claimed her daughter had been taken by a nanny named Zenaida.

Fernandez-Gonzalez's attorney is Matt Morgan.

"This most recent filing appears to be yet another delay tactic," he said when hearing about Anthony's bankruptcy filing. "We are not deterred and will stay the course."

News of the bankruptcy came on the very same day that a Florida appellate court ruling threw out two of her four convictions for lying to authorities.

In July 2011 Anthony was found not guilty of killing her daughter.

 

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