The New York Daily News says Martha Stewart did a quickie mug shot and fingerprint session at the Manhattan FBI headquarters and then signed paperwork listing her address as Turkey Hill Road South in Westport.
The in-and-out visit early Monday was in sharp contrast to the media frenzy outside federal court in lower Manhattan last Wednesday when she was arraigned on charges related to her insider-trading case.
Wearing no makeup and a casual outfit, Stewart, 61, came and went from 26 Federal Plaza all but unnoticed and unrecognized, the newspaper quoted sources as saying.
“A federal guard who was on duty at the time Stewart came through was unaware the nationally known symbol of domestic perfection had passed right by,” it said.
The Daily News said besides the FBI fingerprint session, she signed an advice-of-penalties form advising her that she will be jailed if she does not show up to court when she is supposed to.
It said usually defendants must come to court and listen to a clerk read off the rules, then sign the form in front of the clerk.
Stewart was allowed to do so outside court, with a clerk sent to the unspecified location to carry out the bureaucratic ritual in private, sources said, according to the newspaper.
“She signed her name with the same curlicues portrayed on her new Web site, marthatalks.com, then put down her South Turkey Hill Road, Westport, Conn. address and a business phone number,” the newspaper said.
The New York Post carried a similar report and added: “Sources said prosecutors within the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Jim Comey and federal agents were prepared to grant Stewart’s requests (for a low-key FBI visit) to counter her own campaign claiming that she is being harshly treated to garner sympathy – and influence potential jurors.”