Casey Anthony tells authorities she’s unemployed
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony told her probation officer this week that she is unemployed and hasn’t used any illegal drugs, according to a report released Tuesday by authorities.
Anthony reported to her probation officer Monday at an undisclosed location in Florida, the state Department of Corrections said in the report.
She told the probation officer she has had no source of income during the past 30 days. Her probation order requires her to “work diligently at a lawful occupation.”
But Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said being jobless doesn’t put Anthony in violation of her probation. Thousands of other probationers are without jobs, given Florida’s 10.7 percent unemployment rate.
“Probation officers encourage offenders to explore their options as it relates to employment,” Plessinger said in an email. “Employment status is reviewed monthly by probation officers.”
Anthony’s defense attorney, Joe Baez, said last month on Fox News’ “Geraldo At Large” that Anthony was undergoing therapy and counseling. But Anthony checked “no” on the probation report form that asked her if she had attended mental health or therapy programs in the past month.
Anthony said on the form released to the media that she hasn’t attended educational or vocational classes.
Anthony also told the probation officer that she has not used any illegal drugs and she has consumed alcohol but not to excess. Anthony developed a party-girl reputation after photos taken in the weeks after Caylee disappeared showed her partying with friends and participating in a nightclub’s “hard body” contest.
Anthony was acquitted in July on charges of murdering her daughter, Caylee. The 25-year-old was convicted of four misdemeanor counts of lying to authorities. She told officers a baby sitter had kidnapped the child. Authorities later learned the baby sitter never existed.
Anthony currently is serving probation at an undisclosed location in Florida for unrelated check fraud charges. The details of where she is serving her probation have been kept secret because of concerns for her safety. A judge granted the Department of Corrections the ability to keep Anthony’s probation details confidential even though they are part of the public record in most other cases.
Anthony is required to check in monthly with a probation officer.
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