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Toni Braxton Bankruptcy Case: Singer Accused Of Bankruptcy Fraud, Allegedly Dodging Creditors

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 22:  Recording artist Toni Braxton performs during The Paley Center for Media's Annual Los Angel
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 22: Recording artist Toni Braxton performs during The Paley Center for Media's Annual Los Angeles Benefit at The Rooftop Of The Lot on October 22, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Toni Braxton, who has filed for bankruptcy twice in the past 15 years, may be facing even more money troubles, TMZ reports.

The Grammy Award-winning singer is being accused of bankruptcy fraud, after she transferred more than $53,000 to Keri Lewis, her estranged husband, "in order to avoid paying back creditors in her bankruptcy case," the celebrity news website writes.

The trustee of Braxton's bankruptcy estate claims that Lewis received the $53,490 after the money was "earmarked to repay creditors." Lewis is allegedly being sued by the trustee.

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Braxton filed for bankruptcy for the second time in 2010, citing "millions of dollars in debt and financial problems exacerbated by a heart condition," the Associated Press wrote in an earlier report.

Essence magazine notes that Braxton's debts ranged from $10 to $50 million.

The "Breathe Again" singer also made headlines this week for saying that Oprah Winfrey was "mean" to her regarding her bankruptcy.

In an interview with VH1 for a "Behind The Music" special, Braxton alleges that Winfrey had "severely damaged her reputation after the host made some choice remarks about her overspending" during a 1998 interview, the Toronto Sun reports.

"She was so frickin' mean to me, I was in shock," Braxton said, according to the Sun.

"She said, 'I hear you have Gucci flatware; I'm Oprah Winfrey and I don't have Gucci flatware...' You didn't have Gucci flatware because you didn't wanna buy it; it's not because you couldn't afford it," she continued.

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