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Honey, when NeNe says she can’t believe her life… we have to agree. This woman has done just a little bit of everything. From the stripper pole, to a housewife, to reality tv star, actress and now a contestant on “Dancing With The Stars”… the trajectory of her life is something out of a movie. She’s done plenty. But before all of the success she’s experiencing today, NeNe Leakes was Linnethia Johnson and she found herself in quite a bit of trouble.

In her 2009 autobiography Never Make the Same Mistake Twice, NeNe admitted that she was arrested in her twenties when a friend shoplifted from a mall. But apparently that wasn’t the only time NeNe found herself in trouble with the law.

Star magazine obtained documents from the Athens-Clakre County Superior Court which proved that Leakes was arrested and charged with three felonies and one misdemeanor in 1992. The charges were for “thefts of services” from the phone company. NeNe, Linnethia, was 25 at the time.

She came to a plea agreement and plead guilty to all four counts placing her on a two year probation. She was also ordered to pay $2,650 in fees.

But during the next two years, NeNe couldn’t keep her nose clean. She was arrested three more times for violating the terms of her probation.

For someone who prides herself on keeping it real, it looks like NeNe may have left out some vital details.

But we surely won’t hold it against her. Even though NeNe can still be more catty than a little bit, she participated in those crimes over twenty years ago and, thankfully, she’s managed to turn away from the mess, instead of wallowing in it. You have to admire that. Furthermore, we have no idea what type of life she was living those days. We’re assuming it wasn’t an easy one.

I guess, what I find most interesting about this story is the fact that this is the first time we’re hearing about all of this.

Are you surprised to learn of NeNe’s criminal past or are you more surprised she didn’t tell the whole story? Personally, I’m still tripping over Linnethia…who would’ve known?

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