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Probation has started for Casey, officials say

Florida Department of Corrections officials said Thursday that Casey Anthony has begun serving a one-year probation on check-fraud charges, but they refused to say where in Florida she would be staying.

Gretl Plessinger, department spokeswoman, said Anthony's location was not being released for "safety reasons," adding that the department was taking additional precautions because of death threats against the young woman.

"The court made a pretty strong statement that she was one of the most hated women in America," Plessinger said, paraphrasing Orange County Circuit Judge Belvin Perry, who presided over Anthony's trial in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie.

Anthony, 25, was acquitted last month of murder charges.

The conditions of Anthony's probation include reporting to her probation officer within the first five calendar days of every month, having no contact with the former friend whose checks she forged, not using "intoxicants to excess" or visiting places where alcohol or drugs are illegally sold or used, and paying the state $20 a month toward the cost of supervision.

Anthony also is required to look for a job. Plessinger said Anthony's probation officer would work with her and could decide that security concerns make it advisable that she attend school instead.

Corrections officials confirmed Wednesday that Anthony had reported to one of the agency's offices that evening -- two days before today's deadline -- to begin a one-year probation term stemming from her check-fraud convictions last year.