Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

British madam faces sentence in US

A British mother who admitted promoting prostitution in New York is to be sentenced.

US prosecutors said Anna Gristina, who is originally from Edinburgh but now lives in Monroe, New York, as a legal US citizen, was the madam of a Manhattan sex service for 15 years.

The 45-year-old had previously said that she ran a matchmaking service but admitted the single charge of promoting prostitution as part of a plea deal at Manhattan Supreme Court in September.

At that hearing the judge said she will be sentenced on November 20 to time served and probation, and she could also be deported.

Her charge stems from an incident in July 2011, in which authorities say she arranged a tryst between two women and an undercover police officer posing as a client.

She was arrested on February 22 as she left a fundraising meeting for her business, prosecutors said.

Gristina spent four months in jail before being released on a 250,000 US dollar (£157,000) bond in June.

Prosecutors alleged that she made millions from the business, which was said to have had a roster of wealthy clients.

She lives on a 12-acre property in Monroe, which is about 50 miles north of New York City, and previously spent time helping abandoned pet pigs find new homes, her lawyers said.

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