Casey Anthony $792K in Debt, but Won't Have to Pay

Judge eliminates most debts in her bankruptcy case

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 19, 2013 11:24 AM CST

(Newser) – A bankruptcy judge ruled this week that Casey Anthony doesn't need to pay most of her $792,000 in debts, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Anthony filed for bankruptcy in January; most of the debts are to Jose Baez, her defense attorney in her murder trial. But the case is not yet closed, and it's not clear how much (if any) money Anthony will have to pay, the Sentinel notes; the judge's order simply does away with Anthony's legal obligation to pay most of the debts, but could leave her still responsible for certain debts including any related to taxes, student loans, or fines in criminal cases.

One thing that means: Taxpayers will likely end up footing the almost $200,000 bill related to what law enforcement agencies spent searching for Anthony's murdered daughter Caylee, which Anthony was originally ordered to pay back after she was convicted of lying to investigators, WFTV reports. But, a legal analyst says, it's likely Anthony will at least have to pay more than $80,000 in federal income taxes on the $200,000 she got for selling pictures and videos of Caylee to ABC Television.

In this July 7, 2011 file photo, Casey Anthony smiles before the start of her sentencing hearing in Orlando, Fla.
In this July 7, 2011 file photo, Casey Anthony smiles before the start of her sentencing hearing in Orlando, Fla.   (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, File)
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Anthony could still have to pay in two defamation lawsuits—she's being sued by the meter reader who discovered her daughter's remains, and by a woman with a similar name to a fake nanny Anthony created.   (Newsy)

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