After three weeks of being sought after by law enforcement Jaynie Mae Baker, the alleged accomplice of ‘Manhattan Madam’ Anna Gristina, has turned herself into police. Check out the photos and details in the ongoing prostitution sex scandal…
Jaynie Mae Baker, 30, from Brooklyn, New York, was indicted on a single count of promoting prostitution – the same charge as Gristina – and will appear before a judge later today. She has hired high-powered criminal defense attorney Robert Gottlieb, according to the New York Daily News.
Friends of Baker said she was never in hiding but was merely on vacation in Los Angeles with her family. She was said to be stunned when she heard she was wanted by police and claims her association with Gristina was nothing more than a legitimate matchmaking agency.
The 30-year-old is accused of helping run the soccer-mom-turned-Manhattan-Madam’s alleged millionaires-only call girl ring, which prosecutors say was operated out of a cramped one-bedroom ‘brothel’ on East 78th Street for $2,000 per hour. But speaking from Rikers Island prison last week, Scottish-born Gristina said Baker worked for her as a legitimate matchmaker and is innocent of any crimes. The pretty blonde claims to work for New York dating company VIP Life which legitimately supplies wealthy clients with well-to-do ladies who are looking for love.
She faces up to seven years in jail if convicted.
Yesterday, 44-year-old Gristina was back in court so a judge could decide whether or not she should be released on bail and if she is entitled to free legal aid – paid for by the tax payer. With her hands cuffed behind her back, she appeared with three attorneys, looking more like an ordinary suburban mom rather than the owner of a millionaire prostitution empire, as prosecutors allege.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan was trying to decide whether the ‘soccer mom’ should be released on bail and adjourned the hearing until Thursday. Deciding on whether she was entitled to a free lawyer he said:
‘The allegation is that she made over $10 million, possibly $15 million dollars, and that she has money “squirreled away”.’
He then asked her attorney Peter Gleason why he should allow the mother-of-four to pick and choose her lawyers after the attorney made it clear Gristina wanted to replace court-appointed lawyer Richard Siracusa.
Gleason said, pointing out that prosecutors have produced no evidence of Gristina’s so-called hidden riches and that she is entitled to free legal representation:
‘She doesn’t have two nickels to rub together, your honor.’
The judge told Gleason his client would not be getting preferential treatment but would keep the tax-payer funded lawyer until someone presented him with evidence that she was not broke. He also denied her additional request to interview other prospective lawyers within the program.