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Casey Anthony smiles before the start of her July 2011 sentencing hearing in Orlando, Fla.
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updated 8/25/2011 2:58:22 PM ET 2011-08-25T18:58:22

Florida authorities said Thursday that Casey Anthony was polite and cooperative during a meeting with her probation officer and pledged to meet the conditions of her one-year probation for check fraud.

The 25-year-old Anthony, who has remained hidden since a jury acquitted her of killing her daughter, met with the officer for more than an hour Wednesday evening at an undisclosed location as she begins her probation. But citing death threats against her, state officials said they will not reveal her location, including the county where she will serve her probation for the unrelated charge.

"She told the probation officer that she intended to do well on probation, she was polite and cooperative," said Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections.

Since the acquittal, Anthony has received death threats and remains at risk, state officials said.

"The court made a pretty strong statement, talking about the fact that she is among the most hated women in America," Plessinger said.

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While under state supervision, Anthony will be required to report to her probation officer once a month, get permission to travel outside the county where she lives and actively seek work or enroll in school, Plessinger said.

Anthony has not yet made a request to go to school, although in the future she may choose to enroll in an online school, according to Tampa Bay Online.

Anthony dropped from public view following her release from jail on July 17, and her lawyers confirmed she had moved out of state. But earlier this month, a judge ordered her to return to report for a year of probation for check fraud.

Video: Judge: Casey Anthony must return to Florida (on this page)

Anthony's attorneys argued she already had completed it while in jail awaiting her murder trial. The Fifth District Court of Appeals disagreed with the argument that enforcing the probation order would violate the constitutional prohibition on double jeopardy.

Circuit Judge Stan Strickland said in January 2010 that Anthony should serve probation after her release from jail. She had pleaded guilty to stealing checks from a friend. His instructions never made it into a written order and corrections officials interpreted the sentence to mean Anthony could serve the probation while she was in jail.

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In an order this month, Strickland clarified that Anthony must begin her probation now that she is out of jail. He then recused himself from the case and turned it over to Judge Belvin Perry, who presided over Anthony's murder trial. Perry upheld Strickland's order, and Anthony's attorneys appealed last week to the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach. The appeals court denied a request that would have stopped her from being forced to start probation by the end of the week.

Image: Casey Anthony leaves the Orange County Jail in Orlando
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Casey Anthony leaves the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Fla., in July.

As part of her probation, Anthony must report no later than the fifth day of each month to her probation officer, whose identity is also being kept under wraps. She will be required to pay $20 a month toward the cost of her supervision.

Despite worries about her safety, Anthony will not be escorted by police to and from her home to her meetings, reported Tampa Bay Online.

Anthony agreed to warrant-less searches and drug screenings. She cannot consume alcohol in excess and must stay away from anybody engaged in criminal activity.

"We want to make sure that she is treated like other offenders," Plessinger said. "If she violates these court orders, we will immediately notify the court, but we will take security measures ... as the court has laid out."

Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Video: Judge: Casey Anthony must return to Florida

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    SAVANNAH GUTHRIE, co-host: Casey Anthony has just 12 days now to report to probation officials in Florida . This after a new ruling tied to her conviction in a check fraud case. NBC 's Kerry Sanders is in Orlando this morning with the latest. Kerry , good morning.

    KERRY SANDERS reporting: Well, good morning, Savannah . Casey Anthony thought she had fulfilled her probation requirements when she was released from jail about a month ago, but now the judge says not so. She had good reason, of course, to believe so because this letter from the Florida Department of Corrections told her that she had. But the judge says this was a clerical error that he has now corrected. Acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee , Casey Anthony walked out of the Orange County Jail to freedom. But now, after a month in hiding, Judge Belvin Perry has ordered Casey back to Florida . After reviewing her sentence in another case for passing bad checks, which was all documented all store security cameras, Judge Perry writes, "It's clear the defendant's probation was to start once she was released." And the notification that she had already served her probation while she sat in jail was "a clerical error." To let that mistake go unchecked would "make it a mockery of justice." Casey 's yearlong probation requires, among other things, she report her income and who's paying her.

    Mr. KENDALL COFFEY (Former US Attorney): Casey Anthony 's tattoo, the Bella Vita , talks about anything but the life under probation where you've got to be squeaky clean, get a job, tell the truth, subject to random drug testing, and if you blow it, you can wind up back in jail.

    SANDERS: This probation order comes at the same time a Florida child welfare agency report has been made public. Unlike the jury, state officials found Casey at fault in her daughter's death. " The Department of Children and Families concludes that the actions or the lack of actions by the alleged perpetrator ultimately resulted or contributed in the death of the child/victim." In the probation case, Casey 's been told she has until August 26th to report. But where she will show up is unclear.

    Ms. GRETL PLESSINGER (Florida Department of Corrections): Florida has probation offices in every county, and so depending upon where she is, she could report to another area of Florida .

    SANDERS: Casey 's security is a serious concern. In his probation order, the judge notes, "It is reported that the defendant is the nation's most-hated person." Judge Belvin Perry cites a survey by E-Poll Market Research . "In the total dislike category of the survey, Anthony easily topped the charts at 94 percent."

    Unidentified Woman: I'm pretty sure she'd have to be under some sort of like protective custody or something. People here really don't think too much of her.

    SANDERS: Casey Anthony 's defense attorneys reportedly plan to appeal the judge's order. If Casey Anthony returns to serve her probation here in Orlando , her parents, George and Cindy say she will not be living with them.

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