According to CNN Casey Anthony, infamously acquitted in 2011 of murdering her daughter, filed for bankruptcy, saying she owes almost $800,000 to about 80 creditors for unspecified legal fees and “consulting fees” from medical and forensic services.
According to the LA Times, “Anthony, whose petition used her parents’ Orlando address, also owes $145,660 to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for investigative fees, $61,505 in court costs to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and more than $68,000 in taxes and penalties to the Internal Revenue Service, according to the filing.” Anthony also says she has no income.
The bankruptcy documents were filed Friday, the same day an appellate court threw out two of Anthony’s four misdemeanor convictions of lying to authorities as they investigated the disappearance of Caylee.
The 26-year-old is also defending herself against several civil lawsuits, including a defamation suit from Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, the woman Anthony initially claimed took her daughter. A Texas horseback search group that accused Anthony of lying to them about her daughter still being alive is also suing her as is the state of Florida, seeking to recoup investigative costs. Additionally, the man who found Caylee’s remains is suing because Anthony’s attorneys raised the possibility that he had killed the girl.
An attorney for Anthony tells a local news affiliate his client is distraught that she can’t pay her legal fees.
“To some extent she feels, she feels bad that she’s having to have all these legal services provided to her and she is unable to compensate anyone,” Andy Chmelir said. “So she wants closure more than anything else.”
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