Florida judge orders Casey Anthony to serve a year probation on check fraud


at the Orange County Courthouse Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, July 7, 2011. (Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel


Joe Burbank

Casey Anthony has been ordered to serve a year of supervised probation in Florida for felony check fraud, a judge ordered Monday, after an apparent judicial mix-up.

Anthony pleaded guilty to check fraud in January 2010, admitting she stole a checkbook from her friend Amy Huizenga and wrote checks totaling $644.25. 

Anthony was in jail awaiting trial for the murder of her daughter Caylee Anthony when Orange Circuit Judge Stan Strickland sentenced her over the fraud, NBC News reports, and an order signed by Strickland at the time seemed to indicate Anthony's probation was to run while she was in custody.

A jury acquitted Anthony of charges in Caylee's death and the 25-year-old was duly released from jail July 17, with her whereabouts since then unknown.

However, CNN reports that prosecutors were surprised to receive a letter from the probation office indicating Anthony's probation had been completed.

Randy Means, spokesman for the Orange County State Attorney's Office, reportedly said there was a miscommunication between what Strickland said at the sentencing and what the court clerk understood: The clerk thought the probation and Anthony's time in custody were to run concurrently." 

The documents were amended Monday to add the words "upon release" to Anthony's sentencing documents, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The Department of Corrections have since reached out to Casey Anthony's attorneys about having her report to probation.

"We're in contact with Casey Anthony's attorneys to set up her first report visit," department spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said.

Under the amended order signed by Strickland on Monday:

Anthony must "make a full and truthful report to your [her] Probation Officer" not later than the fifth day of each month, pay the State of Florida at least $20 a month toward the cost of her supervision, not change her residence without consent and not carry any firearm or weapon without permission.

Strickland, in signing the documents, reportedly said: "From my reading of this, she should be reporting to probation in Orlando probably within 72 hours."