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'Millionaire Madam' Released on Lower Bail After Four Months in New York Jail

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A U.K.-born woman accused of orchestrating a prostitution business for high-powered clientele in Manhattan was released from jail Tuesday night after spending four months behind bars unable to make the $2 million bail.

Anna Gristina, 44, who earned the nickname the "Millionaire Madam" has gathered enough collateral to meet a reduced bail of $250,000. As part of the bail package, Gristina will be required to wear an electronic ankle bracelet.

"Thank you, everybody," Gristina told reporters on her exit from New York's Criminal Court just after 9 p.m.

The D.A. did not object to the bail package for the New York mom, who has been in jail since her Feb. 22 arrest. Gristina's bail was originally set at $2 million, an amount she said she could not afford.

Prosecutors had argued the accused madam would present a flight risk if released while she awaits trial on a charge of promoting prostitution in the third degree.

Gristina, who allegedly operated under the name Anna Scotland for 15 years, has long been adamant she was merely setting up a matchmaking service.

The service allegedly netted Gristina millions of dollars as attractive young women and wealthy men came and went from an unassuming brownstone on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Her list of clients allegedly included politicians, bankers, executives, top law enforcement officials, and other powerful individuals.

"I'm surprised there was a brothel next door," Tony Kim, who owns Danny Boy's Cleaners, told ABC News of the allegations. "I've never seen anything like people walking in and out during the day."

The accused madam was allegedly caught on wiretaps and surveillance videos as part of a five-year investigation by the District Attorney's Public Corruption Unit, which probes the conduct of law enforcement and other officials and whether they have been protecting Gristina's alleged activities.

Prosecutors alleged at her arraignment that the tapes capture her bragging about how law enforcement sources promised to warn her if she were under suspicion, particularly during the time New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was revealed to be a client of an escort service that was shut down in 2009.

She was heard on wiretaps talking about a friend who is a prominent lawyer and the precautions he helped her take in the event of her arrest, according to prosecutors.

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"Millionaire Madam’s" Alleged Partner to Turn Herself In

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The alleged accomplice of the "Millionaire Madam" Anna Gristina is reportedly expected to turn herself in soon, while a former call girl said Gristina is not the suburban hockey mom she has portrayed herself to be.

Jaynie Mae Baker might "surrender to the Manhattan district attorney's office as early as Monday or Tuesday," a source told the New York Daily News.

Baker was indicted last week along with Gristina for allegedly helping to build a base of clients that included politicians, bankers, executives, top law enforcement officials and other powerful individuals, according to the New York Post.

If convicted, Baker faces up to seven years on felony charges of promoting prostitution.

As for Gristina, she was expected back in court Monday where a judge will look at her finances to determine whether she should receive a court-paid defense.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for Irma Nici has come forward to say that she worked as a call girl and that Gristina referred her clients. Nici, who is originally from Bosnia, had a business relationship with Gristina for four to six years, lawyer Paul Jensen said. While Nici described Gristina as polite, supportive and pleasant, Nici's attorney said, there's more to Gristina than she is letting on.

"What I have been told is that Anna Gristina was providing prostitution services and would book Irma and other girls and that this took place over a period of years," Jensen told ABC’s Good Morning America.

Some of the clients included men who could afford to pay $2,000 an hour and "consisted of well-to-do and, in some cases, quite well-known individuals," Jensen said.

Authorities arrested Gristina on Feb. 22 while she was meeting with a Morgan Stanley banker to discuss ways to expand her alleged business online.

Gristina was allegedly caught on wiretaps and surveillance videos as part of a five-year investigation by the District Attorney's Public Corruption Unit.

Gristina has four children and lives in Monroe, N.Y., with husband Kelvin Gorr.  

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