Anna Gristina, a Manhattan madam who ran a multimillion-dollar prostitution ring for the last 15 years is a suburban soccer mom with four kids. See, you never know. Check out the interesting details, photos, and how she was caught here!
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Anna Gristina, 44, was arrested after a five-year investigation. She is due in court today on a charge of promoting prostitution from an apartment in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, owned by a high-powered ‘lawyer friend’ who prosecutors claim helped her launder money. She has pleaded not guilty.The five-year-long investigation was run by a Manhattan district attorney’s office unit that pursues cases against police and other uniformed city workers, according to a transcript of her February 23 arraignment. A co-defendant has yet to be arrested and hasn’t been identified.
The divorced mother-of-four lives in suburban Monroe, north of New York City, with her children, husband and a number of rescue animals. When she was arrested on February 22, she was meeting with an investment banker at his Morgan Stanley office for a meeting to try to raise money to finance what prosecutors believe may be an online start-up that would match prostitutes with wealthy men. Morgan Stanley representatives didn’t immediately respond to an email on Monday evening.
During hundreds of hours of surveillance, Gristina was heard saying that ‘she has connections in law enforcement who are poised to help her out, to let her know if there is trouble on the front that she needs to be concerned about’, District Attorney Charles Linehan said, according to the court transcript. She said her contacts came in particularly useful around the time of the Eliot Spitzer investigation. Minors were involved in some of the encounters Gristina arranged, the prosecutor said. He cited information from at least one eyewitness account – a confidential informant who was one of Gristina’s prostitutes. The DA also said Gristina had not reported any income to the government in a number of years so she will likely be charged with tax evasion as well.
According to the Daily News, the escort service offered clients a three-tiered pricing system. Costs ranged from $1,000 for the ‘Dream Model girls’, $1,500 for ‘Calendar Girls, fashion models and budding actors’, and $2,000 and up for the ‘Ultimate Elite Model’ category. Neighbors say a steady stream of young women – usually of Eastern European descent – would come and go from the second-floor apartment, as did a number of suited business men.
Prosecutors ‘did a large investigation of her, but in terms of what actually exists, in fact, and what is still ongoing investigations, a matter of speculation’, defense lawyer Richard Siracusa said.
(Anna Gristina’s politician ex-husband Dario and his family)
Her ex-husband Dario Gristina, a Conservative Republican Candidate for NYS Assembly, told the Daily News:
‘We divorced a long time ago, I am surprised.’
Gristina is being held on $2million bond at the infamous Rikers Island prison. If convicted, she could face up to seven years in prison.