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As Casey Anthony Probation Ends, Zenaida Gonzales Is Arrested

Casey Anthony (inset) Zaneida Gonzalez

Casey Anthony (inset) Zaneida Gonzalez

Casey Anthony’s one year of court-ordered probation for her 2010 conviction for check fraud will come to an end this Friday. According to the terms of her probation, Anthony has been required to report to a probation officer, submit to unannounced visits by Florida officials and ask permission before leaving the state. As of Friday Anthony will be free to do as she pleases. In the words of her attorney Charles Green, “As of Friday, Aug. 24 at 12 a.m., nobody will be able to tell her where to be.”

Though Anthony, 26, was acquitted in July 2011 of the 2008 murder of her daughter Caylee Anthony, she was convicted of lying to police, after confessing during the murder trial that she had made up a nanny she called Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, whom she told police had Caylee when she disappeared. Anthony was sentenced to four years, which, with credit for time served, she completed in July. Zenaida Gonzalez is a real person, but never had any connection with Anthony, and filed suit against Anthony for defamation. The trial is set for January 2, 2013.

On August 17, in a Florida-style news twist, Gonzalez, who is a Circle K employee, was arrested for selling alcohol to underage customers, after she checked the ID of an 18-year-old, who was working with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, and sold him a Four Loko malt beverage anyway. Gonzalez was booked into the Orange County jail on a charge of giving liquor to someone younger than 21, and released after posting $250 bail.

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