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New York Madam Anna Gristina Sentenced Six Months’ Jail

Anna Gristina, a New York woman accused of running a brothel that prosecutors said catered to wealthy clients, was sentenced to six months in jail.

Gristina pleaded guilty before New York State Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan on Sept. 25 in Manhattan to one count of promoting prostitution. Merchan today also sentenced Gristina to a term of probation.

Prosecutors said in court in September that no evidence has surfaced to support Gristina’s claims of “connections and influence” in law enforcement agencies including the New York City Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Gristina, a British subject who is a legal permanent resident of the U.S., acknowledged during her plea that she “knowingly advanced and profited from prostitution by managing, supervising, controlling and owning a prostitution business and enterprise” involving activity by two or more prostitutes between July 18 and July 27, 2011.

She admitted that through phone calls, text messages and at least one face-to-face meeting she arranged for a man known to her as Anthony to engage in sexual conduct with the two prostitutes at an apartment on East 78th Street.

The case is People v. Gristina, 12-00751, New York State Supreme Court, New York County (Manhattan).

To contact the reporters on this story: David Glovin in New York at dglovin@bloomberg.net; Chris Dolmetsch in New York at cdolmetsch@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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