Westport’s Martha Stewart has paid a visit to her probation officer, several newspapers reported today.
The New York Post and Newsday said Stewart appeared Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Manhattan
“She came in to review and sign a document concerning the conditions of her supervised release that will follow her five months of imprisonment,” said Chris Stanton, head of U.S. Probation.
Stanton said Stewart was notified that she must follow 13 specific conditions that include not leaving the district without permission from her probation officer and is subject to check in monthly with the office.
He said it was not unusual for Stewart to sign the document, even though she remains free on bail pending the outcome of an appeal of her conviction for lying to investigators about her sale of stock in ImClone, which Waksal ran before going to prison for insider trading.
Stewart has been mulling voluntarily beginning her sentence by entering prison soon, even while her appeal still proceeds, to remove uncertainty surrounding her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
While on probation for two years, which includes the home-confinement portion, Stewart will not be allowed to leave the federal Southern District of New York Manhattan, The Bronx, Westchester and several upstate counties ח without approval from a judge or probation officer, according to the New York Post report.