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Public watches for post-prison Martha Stewart changes

UPI News Service, 03/02/2005 

Fans and foes of Martha Stewart are watching to see if prison has changed her penchant for trying to get her U.S. company to pay her expenses.

Before beginning her five month sentence at the federal prison camp in Alderson, W.Va., Stewart tried to get Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to pay for such "business expenses" as aromatherapy sessions and grooming for her dog, the New York Daily News said Wednesday.

During Stewart's trial last year, prosecutors accused her of trying to write off a stay at a luxury Mexican resort with a friend as a work expense.

Stewart and her friend stayed in a $1,500-a-night suite at the luxurious Las Ventanas al Praiso spa on the Sea of Cortez, spending $900 on dinners, $500 on spa sessions, a $300 kayak tour and a $300 private hike, the newspaper said.

Stewart, 63, leaves prison Sunday and will spend the next five months confined to her 153-acre estate in Bedford, N.Y., though she will be allowed to leave for as much as 48 hours per week for work, religious services, medical appointments and grocery shopping.

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