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Casey Anthony guilty of check fraud

Casey Anthony weeps in the courtroom after she was found guilty on check fraud charges Monday.

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Casey Anthony weeps in the courtroom after she was found guilty on check fraud charges Monday.

Casey Anthony, the Florida mother charged with killing her toddler daughter, was found guilty of check fraud Monday and sentenced to time served in jail.

Anthony, 23, was accused of going on a spending spree during the summer of 2008 — around the time her daughter disappeared — after she found the checks while borrowing a former friend's car. Anthony started to cry as she apologized for using the checks.

"I just want everyone to know I'm sorry for what I did," Anthony said. "I take complete and full responsibility for my actions."

Anthony remains jailed on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. She has pleaded not guilty to that charge and claims a babysitter kidnapped Caylee, whose body was found near the Anthony home in Orlando after a monthlong search.

Anthony's murder trial was scheduled to begin this summer but prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick said Monday that seemed unlikely.


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Charge connected to missing Lotto winner

A Lakeland police officer was arrested Monday for what sheriff's investigators say was taking "unlawful compensation" from a woman connected to missing Lotto millionaire Abraham Shakespeare.

Detectives arrested Troy McKay Young, 42, on charges of unlawful compensation and misuse of confidential information, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Young was released on $5,500 bail.

Investigators say Young provided Dorice "DeeDee" Moore of Lakeland with information obtained through law enforcement databases, and they say he was paid for the information.

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Times staff and wires

Casey Anthony guilty of check fraud 01/25/10 [Last modified: Monday, January 25, 2010 10:32pm]
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