The Florida mom, facing trial for daughter Caylee's murder, admits to stealing a friend's checks

By Steve Helling
Updated January 25, 2010 05:00 PM
Credit: Orlando Sentinel/MCT/Landov

With her murder trial just months away, Casey Anthony has conceded one crime – that she fraudulently used her best friend’s checks to buy more than $400 worth of clothes and groceries in the month after the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

“I just want to let everyone know that I’m sorry for what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Anthony, 23, told the judge, referring to the check fraud. “I wish I would have been a better friend.”

Surveillance cameras had caught her using the checks to buy beer, food, lingerie and sunglasses at an Orlando-area Target in June 2008.

She was sentenced to 412 days of time served in jail and one year of probation and ordered to pay $348 in court fees and $5,517.75 in investigative fees.

Anthony remains in the Orange County (Florida) Jail on charges that she murdered her toddler daughter, whose body was found six months after she disappeared in June 2008. The trial is expected to begin in the fall.