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Police have arrested a mother of four allegedly who ran an Upper East Side brothel that brought in millions of dollars following a five-year investigation by the district attorney’s office, local news blog DNAinfo.com reports.The woman, Anna Gristina, is currently at Rikers Island on a $2 million jail bond; she was arrested in late February while meeting with an unnamed Morgan Stanley banker from whom she sought financial backing for a website that would “match prostitutes with wealthy men,” according to court documents obtained by DNAinfo.com.
Prosecutors claim they have a tape of Gristina admitting she made millions of dollars during her 15 years as a madam; she was indicted by a grand jury in Manhattan on a single charge of promoting prostitution, DNAinfo.com reported.
According to DNAinfo.com:
In a Feb. 23 arraignment in front of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, prosecutors said the public corruption unit had nearly a hundred hours of audio and video surveillance that showed Gristina had been providing prostitutes — including some who were underage — to a slew of powerful men out of an Upper East Side apartment, according to a transcript.
Prosecutors said the alleged madam had even bragged during the Eliot Spitzer investigation that she had a network of law enforcement sources poised to tip her off if her business was being watched, according to the documents.
Prosecutors were reportedly concerned that Gristina, who has a home in Canada and a British passport, was a flight risk. So they arrested her while she was meeting with the banker, “a close friend,” according to court documents, DNAinfo.com wrote.
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