Casey Anthony ordered to return to Orlando for probation

Casey Anthony, who has been in hiding seen since she was acquitted last month of killing her daughter Caylee, was ordered by a Florida judge today appear before a probation officer in Orlando, Fla., within 72 hours.

Judge Stan Strickland had ordered Anthony, 25, to serve 412 days in jail followed by a year's probation on charges that she stole checks from her friend Amy Huizenga and fraudulently cashed them. The judge's ordered was initially issued in January 2010, while Anthony was in jail awaiting trial on her murder case.

When Anthony was released from jail on July 17 following her murder acquittal, she was granted time served for the 412 days of jail time on the check fraud charges, and prison officials interpreted the judge's order to mean that her probation was also served during her time in jail.

Strickland signed an order today clarifying his ruling, that he intended her probation would be served once she was released from jail.

Casey Anthony Must Return to Florida

According to court documents, Strickland's order also requires that Anthony pay $348 in court costs and $20 a month for the supervision required with her probation sentence. She is also barred from any contact with Huizenga.

Anthony is required to report to her probation officer by the fifth day of every month, and she will not be allowed to leave Orange County, Fla., without permission from her probation officer.

Anthony hasn't been seen since she left the Orange County jail following her acquittal on murder charges. Strickland's order to report to a probation officer may force her back into the spotlight. There has been speculation that Anthony could be in a series of hideaways from Florida to California.

TMZ reported today that Anthony has recognized that her behavior was wrong when her daughter died and she never reported the child missing or dead, and is seeking counseling.

Anthony was acquitted of murder, but convicted on four counts of lying to law enforcement officers for insisting that Caylee was stolen by a babysitter, claiming she had a job at Universal Studios and other lies. She was credited for time served on those counts.


Report courtesy ABC News.

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