• The Story Behind the Million Dollar Madam

    Author : White Collar Firm July 5, 2015

    The infamous soccer mom turned Million Dollar Madam, Anna Gristina, 44, has seen her life take a dramatic spin in the last three months. This past March, Gristina was arrested for allegedly running a million dollar Upper East Side brothel. It is reported that her prostitution empire serviced a long list of wealthy clients from CEOs to hedge-fund managers and influential politicians.

    Gristina was allegedly heard boasting of her connections to law-enforcement officials, claiming that she had friends “poised to help her out.” The prostitution empire was so successful that it was reported that she’d met with a Morgan Stanley banker to discuss plans about expanding her business online.

    Prior to her indictment on February 22, Gristina had already been under surveillance by the District Attorney’s Official Corruption Unit: She was caught on wiretap claiming she had made millions through her brothel over the course of the last 15 years.

    Gristina’s role as the Million Dollar Madam was in stark contrast to her home life as mother to four children whom she drove to soccer and hockey practices.

    Gristina faces a charge of Promoting Prostitution in the Third Degree, a Class D felony. A person is guilty of promoting prostitution if he or she knowingly advances or profits from prostitution by managing, supervising, controlling or owning, either alone or in association with others, a house of prostitution or a prostitution business or enterprise involving prostitution activity by two or more prostitutes (Penal Law §230.25).

    The prosecution is currently pressuring her to reveal the names of some of her most high-profile clients, which she has yet to comply with. If convicted, Gristina could face up to seven years in prison and deportation-- she is not a US citizen.

    On Tuesday, Gristina’s bail was lowered to $250,000 with the provision that she wear an ankle-monitoring device. It is still unclear whether she will be able to make the bail.

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