Prosecutors say that Anna Gristina, a soccer mom with four kids, allegedly ran a Manhattan brothel that made millions of dollars catering to wealthy, powerful clients. The prostitution ring was the target of a probe that lasted for five years, and included 50 to 100 hours of audio and video recordings.
The 44-year-old Gristina reportedly operated her high-priced prostitution ring out of an East 78th Street apartment and boasted “business contacts worldwide,” according to Manhattan Assistant DA Charles Linehan.
Gristina's “black book” included powerful politicians, top-law enforcement, influential lawyers, bankers, entertainment execs and Fortune 500 businessmen, as well as several wealthy European clients.
Gristina was caught on wiretaps claiming “to have made millions over the 15 or so years she has been in business as a madam,” according to newly released transcripts of the Feb. 23 hearing.
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At least once Gristina allegedly arranged a sexual encounter for a client in which minors were involved. Her bail has been set at a $2 million bond or $1 million cash bail.
Known as “Anna Scotland,’’ Gristina was caught on tape saying her law-enforcement contacts were “poised to help her out, to let her know if there is trouble on the front that she needs to be concerned about, particularly back during the Eliot Spitzer investigation."