Casey Anthony Files For Bankruptcy - 8NEWS - WRIC | News Where You Live

Casey Anthony Files For Bankruptcy

Posted: Updated:

(ABC News) Casey Anthony has filed for bankruptcy protection in Florida.

The 26-year-old, who has been in hiding since she was acquitted 18 months ago of murdering her daughter, is seeking relief from a mountain of legal fees, penalties and back taxes.

Anthony filed the motion Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. According to the filing, which was obtained by The Associated Press, Anthony has $1,084 in the bank and owes nearly $800,000.

The bulk of Anthony's debt -- $500,000 -- is attorney's fees and costs for her defense during her high-profile murder trial.

Anthony also owes $145,660 to the Orange County Sheriff's Office for investigative fees related to the case because she misled them during the investigation; $68,540 to the Internal Revenue Service; and $61,505 in court costs, the AP reported.

The filing also mentions that Anthony is a defendant in several ongoing civil suits, including one filed by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez for defamation.

Anthony told detectives in 2008 that her daughter, Caylee, had been kidnapped by a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez.

Authorities found the woman did not exist, but a Florida woman sharing a name with the fictitious nanny filed suit against Anthony.

Gonzalez said she lost her job and was evicted from her house as a result of Anthony's tale. The two women did not know each other.

Anthony later told authorities her daughter had drowned.

Roy Kronk, the meter reader who found the body of 2-year-old Caylee, and Texas EquuSearch, a group that spent more than $100,000 searching for the missing toddler, are also suing Anthony, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

On Friday, a Florida appeals court overturned two of Anthony's four lying convictions for misleading authorities.

Anthony completed her one-year probation for check fraud in August, leaving her free to go wherever she pleases. She resurfaced a few times over the past year via a leaked video diary and a telephone conversation with Piers Morgan, but has otherwise succeeded in disappearing from the public eye.

Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

Powered by WorldNow

301 Arboretum Place, Richmond
VA, 23236

Telephone: 804.330.8888
Fax: 804.330.8881
Email: news@wric.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.