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FLORIDA-Casey Anthony reported to her probation officer for the first time in connection to a January 2010 felony check fraud case. She was convicted of stealing a friend's checkbook and writing five checks for a total of $644.25. Gretl Plessinger, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Corrections says, "She told the probation officer that she intended to do well on probation. She was polite and cooperative."
In a different case, in July of this year, a jury acquitted Anthony on murder charges stemming from the death of her daughter, Caylee Anthony. Although she had been convicted of four counts of misleading officers in the investigation. She was able to count the 412 days in jail as time served in the check fraud case. Her attorneys argued that she had also served her probation time while she sat in jail on the murder case. They were unsuccessful in their argument.
Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland had ordered her to serve a years probation for the check -fraud case after her release, but the clerk misunderstood and wrote the order saying that Anthony could serve probation while in jail. The judge signed the order without noticing the mistake. Anthony’s attorneys argued that what was written was as it should be. An appeals court said that the order stands as it was verbally laid out. This was also backed up in a ruling earlier in the month by Judge Belvin Perry Jr.
During her probation period, the State of Florida’s Corrections will not disclose her whereabouts or address. They deemed her whereabouts should remain confidential for her own safety. “The court made a pretty strong statement, talking about how she’s one of the most hated women in America,” Plessinger said. Unlike other offenders, her address will not be entered into the database and her probation officer’s name will not be made known.
At her first meeting, conditions of her probation were laid out. She must pay the state of Florida $20 a month toward cost of supervision, plus a surcharge of 4%. She cannot drink excessively, and cannot contact the victim of the check fraud case. She cannot change her residence or employment and must apply for a travel permit to leave the county. She must also report to her probation officer by the fifth of each month and submit to random checks in public.
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