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In 2008, 2-year-old Florida resident Caylee Anthony went missing. A Texas search and rescue mission is now seeking more than $100,000 from Caylee’s mother, Casey Anthony, for expenses incurred in looking for the child. Anthony filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in January 2013. Court documents claim that she has merely $1,000 in assets and that her debts are approximately $792,000. Anthony is currently unemployed.

Texas Equusearch Mounted Search and Recovery filed a claim with the bankruptcy court, claiming that Anthony is responsible for its expenses because she knew that her daughter was dead at the time the search began. Anthony was charged with murder arising out of her daughter’s death and argued at trial that the girl had accidentally drowned. Anthony was eventually acquitted on the murder charge.

The bankruptcy trustee appointed to oversee the case had previously filed a motion requesting that Anthony be able to sell the rights to her story in order to pay some of her debts. That motion was later withdrawn.

In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a trustee is appointed to sell a person’s assets and use them to pay debts. Some unsecured debts may be discharged. Creditors are permitted to file claims for payment with the bankruptcy court to obtain a portion of any assets. When a person in Florida who is undergoing the bankruptcy process disputes a claim for payment, a bankruptcy attorney may be able to help fight the request. That way, it may be possible to avoid some of the alleged debt and ensure that the person’s assets only go to pay creditors that are entitled to receive them.

Source: Miami Herald, “Texas search firm seeks $100K from Casey Anthony Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/07/3385054/texas-search-firm-seeks-100k-from.html#storylink=cpy”, Associated Press, May 07, 2013