BEFORE THE 90 DAYS Big Ed Brown declared bankruptcy in 2004 and 2017

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90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days star “Big Ed” Brown might need to change his name to “Big Debt” Brown! The 55-year-old reality has had some serious money management problems over the years, resulting in two separate bankruptcy filings in 2004 and 2017.

The scoop on Big Ed being in the big red was first reported by @celebtm on Instagram. We tracked down the two bankruptcy filings and can add some additional details.

In the 2004 Chapter 7 filing, Big Ed says that all he had was $20 in cash and $63 in his personal checking account at the time of the filing. He filed for an exemption on $4,383 worth of personal property, including clothes, household goods, tools, and a $700 watch.

Big Ed claimed a total of $133,827.30 in secured and unsecured debt. Here’s the complete list of debts from the filing:


$13,000 – lien on a 2003 Dodge Neon STX with 45,000 miles.


$694.16 – Bally Fitness (1998)
$1,850.72 – Medical bills (2001)
$1,779.56 – Medical bills (2002)
$16,686.59 – Deficiency on leased vehicle (2002)
$6,093.49 – Credit card (1999-2001)
$89,000 – Student loans (1989-1995)
$1,061.53 – T-Mobile phone bill (2003)
$2,183.00 – Medical bills (2002)
$73.32 – Medical bills (2001)
$169.50 – Medical bills (2002)
$719.09 – Telephone bill (2002)
$516.31 – Credit card (1998-2001)

Big Ed states in the filing that he was making $4,763 a month gross, and taking home just under $3,500 a month at the time. His expenses, which included $1,000 a month for rent and $400 a month for student loans, totaled $3,608.00 a month. That amount also includes $250 a month for alimony and/or “payments for support of additional dependents not living at your home.” His daughter Tiffany was 13 at the time.

The filing also states that Big Ed had a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee valued at $20,000 repossessed in August of 2002. The company is the same one listed for the “Deficiency on leased vehicle” debt of $16,686.59 above.

The bankruptcy order was approved on September 2, 2004.

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Apparently Big Ed did not learn his lesson, and he was back in California bankruptcy court 13 years later with a much larger debt. This time around he had no cash on hand, but his personal checking accounts had increased to a whopping total of $235.

Big Ed was in possession of a 2005 Jeep Wrangler with roughly 110,000 miles valued at $12,000 that he still owed money on. He also had $2,900 worth of clothing, electronics, sports equipment, etc. Tack on an $800 security deposit for his apartment, and Big Ed’s personal property was valued at just under $16,000.

The filing states that Big Ed had liabilities totaling $185,704.00 this time around. Here’s how that broke down:


$15,197.00 – 2005 Jeep Wrangler 4×4 (Value: $12,000. Unsecured portion: $3,197.)


$2,611 – Credit card (2015-16)
$5,311 – Credit card (2014-2016)
$2,806 – Credit card (2005-2016)
$940 – Charge account (2015-2017)
$3,630 – Credit card (2014-2016)
$1,014 – Bloomingdale’s charge account (2015-2016)
$126,534 – Student loans (2004-2017)
$2,763 – Credit card (2016)
$23,193 – Auto (BMW Financial 2015 – I do not know what vehicle this is in reference to)

I looked into Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings and they usually do not include forgiveness of student loan debt. To get that you have to file an adversary proceeding and demonstrate that repayment would impose undue hardship on you and your dependents. I don’t see any record of that in either of Big Ed’s filings, but it could very well be that I don’t know where to look.

As a result, I’m not sure how much (if any) of the $89,000 in student loan debt claimed in 2004 was included in the $126,534.00 amount listed in 2017.

The 2017 form asked “When was the debt incurred?” and Big Ed answered: “Opened 12/04 Last Active 05/17.” So the student loan account was opened just a few months after his previous bankruptcy was approved. It could be that funds were transferred to another company, thus creating a new account. It’s unclear.

Also interesting is that one of the credit cards listed (Capital One) was opened in March of 2005. How do you get a credit card six months after filing bankruptcy? Is it just a matter of agreeing to a low limit and a crazy high interest rate?

Big Ed’s income during this time is a bit confusing. Here are two different figures from the filing:

List monthly gross wages, salary, and commissions (before all payroll deductions): $3,000.00

Fill in the average monthly income that you received from all sources, derived during the 6 full months before you file this bankruptcy case: $4,192.67

The second amount seems to be more in line with Big Ed’s previous gross income, which was $52,600 in 2016 and $50,000 in 2015.

However, in the “Current Monthly Income Details for the Debtor” section of the filing, it appears that Big Ed may have been unemployed from January-March before being hired at the $3,000-a-month rate? Here’s a screen cap:

90 Day Fiance Before the 90 Days How much money does Big Ed Brown make?

Big Ed’s 2017 bankruptcy order was approved on November 6.

In summary, it appears as though Big Ed should have been texting Rose’s sister asking for money! And it’s too bad for any of his future dating prospects that they don’t make a mouthwash that covers up bad credit.

You can keep up with Big Ed’s exotic international love adventures with new episodes of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days airing Sunday nights at 8/7c on TLC.

Asa Hawks is a writer and editor for Starcasm. You can contact Asa via Twitter, Facebook, or email at starcasmtips(at)

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