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Tuesday
Mar062012

Alleged NY Madam Denied Lower Bail

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A New York City judge on Tuesday denied a reduction in bail for a U.K.-born woman accused of orchestrating a prostitution business for high-powered clientele from a Manhattan brownstone.

Prosecutors had argued that Anna Gristina, 44, jailed on $2 billion bail, would present a flight risk if released while she awaits trial on a charge of promoting prostitution in the third degree. Gristina and an unnamed person were listed as co-defendants in an indictment issued Friday by the New York City District Attorney's Office. The D.A.'s office declined to comment on the case. Gristina has pleaded not guilty.

The woman allegedly promoted prostitution under the name Anna Scotland for 15 years, netting millions of dollars thanks to attractive young women, some of them allegedly underage. Reportedly, wealthy men came and went from an unassuming brownstone on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Authorities arrested Gristina on Feb. 22.

Gristina reportedly has four children and lives in Monroe, N.Y., with husband Kelvin Gorr and various rescue animals. Gristina was previously married to Dario Gristina, who is a candidate for the New York State Assembly.

Her next court date is scheduled for May 3.

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