Casey Anthony found guilty of check fraud

By Calvin Palmer

Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her two-year-old daughter in 2008, was today found guilty of check fraud.

Anthony, 23, of Orlando, went on a spending spree in July 2008 using the checks of a friend, Amy Huizenga, to buy clothes and groceries worth more than $400 .

Standing between defense attorneys Jose Baez and Andrea Lyon, Anthony delivered a brief, tearful, statement to the court.

“I’m sorry for what I did,” she said. “I sincerely apologize to Amy, I wish I would have been a better friend.”

Orange County Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland found Anthony guilty of six charges: one count of grand theft, four counts of check forgery, and fraudulent use of personal identification. Strickland withheld adjudication on seven other charges.

He sentenced Anthony to time served — 412 days she’s already been jailed — and one year of probation if she is ever released. Prosecutors had sought a five-year prison sentence for the fraud charges.

Anthony remains jailed on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee, whose body was found near the Anthonys’ home in Orlando several months after she disappeared.

Caylee was missing for more than a month before authorities were told about her disappearance in July 2008. Her body was recovered in December in an area of woodland.

The judge also ruled that Anthony’s attorneys can interview the ex-wife of the meter reader who found Caylee’s body.

Anthony’s attorneys said Roy Kronk’s ex-wife could offer testimony that supports the contention that Kronk should be a suspect.

Detectives have said repeatedly that Kronk is not a suspect and that the evidence points to Anthony.

Prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick said it is unlikely the murder trial will start this summer

Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony, attended the sentencing and left without comment.

[Based on reports by the Orlando Sentinel and Associated Press.]

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