High End Hooker Service For Wall Streeters Gets Busted With 100 Hours of Video Recordings, Showing Prostitutes Doing the Deed, According to Court Records.

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High End Hooker Service For Wall Streeters Gets Busted With 100 Hours of Video Recordings, Showing Prostitutes Doing the Deed, According to Court Records.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office indicted petite, blond, green-eyed Anna Gristina, 44, in a corruption investigation that amassed 50 to 100 hours of audio and video recordings, some showing prostitutes doing the deed, according to court records.

“It’s a very strong case against her if it were to go to trial,” said Linehan.

Authorities were so worried Gristina would slip away from them that they devised an elaborate sting operation to collar her, prosecutors said.

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They lay in wait until she left her Monroe home and traveled to the office of her Morgan Stanley pal to discuss setting up a website for matching hookers and johns. They busted her there.

“We have had at least one eyewitness account of someone that has been obviously present for a sexual encounter arranged by (Gristina) for one of her clients in which minors were involved in the encounter,” Assistant District Attorney Charles Linehan said at her Feb. 23 arraignment.

She was recorded bragging that contacts were helped 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,” Linehan said.

The DA’s unit on official corruption, which usually investigates crooked cops and dirty public officials, brought the potentially explosive investigation to an end while Gristina was meeting with a partner — who worked at investment banking firm Morgan Stanley — and discussing expanding her business.

Gristina, also known as Anna Scotland, apparently made a fortune from her prostitution ring and amassed a slew of high-powered contacts.

“(Gristina) has business contacts worldwide as she has admitted in tape recordings that we have. (She is) a woman who … claimed to have made millions over the 15 or so years she has been in business as a madam,” Linehan said.

The accused madam was born in Scotland and owns property in Canada. She is at Rikers Island on $2 million bond after prosecutors convinced a judge that her global contacts would allow her to fleethe country at the first opportunity.

Gristina, who lives in Monroe, Orange County, and has a British passport, was overheard by investigators might  skip town if she got a hint of trouble.

Aside from her alleged protectors in law enforcement, Gristina had many wealthy clients who were serviced at a brothel run out of an E. 78th St. building in Manhattan, according to the the DA’s office.

Neighbors say the second-floor apartment saw a steady stream of women, usually of Eastern European descent, and men in business suits arriving and leaving in black livery cars.

Sometimes you see a lot of people, who don’t live in the building, coming and going,” said Mahammed Azad, 37, who runs an Indian restaurant next door. “I see a lot of young women going in and out — not beautiful but fashionable.”

The building is owned by a close confidant of Gristina’s, a lawyer who “invests her money, helped her set up her business and helps to launder her money,” prosecutors said.

Her legal pal has even provided a retirement plan with her ill-gotten gains — and, in case she was ever caught, a nest egg to fall back on after doing her time.

“He has basically locked money away for her should this ever happen so she will have money when she comes out of it,” Linehan told the judge during Gristina’s bail hearing.

The prosecutor added that Gristina hasn’t reported income to the government in a number of years, and that New York State authorities will also be charging her with tax evasion.

“It’s a very strong case against her if it were to go to trial,” said Linehan.

Authorities were so worried Gristina would slip away from them that they devised an elaborate sting operation to collar her, prosecutors said.

They lay in wait until she left her Monroe home and traveled to the office of her Morgan Stanley pal to discuss setting up a website for matching hookers and johns. They busted her there.

Law enforcement officials from the Manhattan DA’s office also raided her Monroe home, where the animal lover keeps a pen of pet pigs. One of her hogs chased at least one investigator as he went to serve the warrant, according to a source.

Kristin Davis, who claimed to have run a Manhattan call-girl service used by disgraced former Gov. Spitzer, said she shared a booker, Winnie Wong, with Gristina.

Davis said she once spoke to Gristina, who told her that a highly placed official alerted her to a 2005 investigation.

Investigators armed with an arrest warrant also showed up at Gristina’s New Rochelle, Westchester County, apartment in 2004, according to a neighbor. The neighbor said he did not know why cops were after her.

Davis said that move by authorities tipped off Gristina and prompted her to shut down her agency, Fleur d’ Elite, and lay low for a while.

The escort service offered johns a three-tiered pricing system for its girls. Costs ranged from $1,000 for the “Dream Model” girls, to $1,500 for “Calendar Girls, fashion models and budding actors,” to $2,000 and up for the “Ultimate Elite Model” category.

During her arraignment, he described his client as a mom with bills to pay who would have a tough time coming up with the hefty $2 million bond.

“There are a lot of disconnect notices,” he told the judge. “Bills are not paid, and thinking she could get hold of $2 million, I think, is unreasonable given the circumstances, and I believe that there is going to be a problem with the care of her 4 children.”

Gristina said she could not use her current passport for travel.

“I have one British passport, but it is not — I don’t think it is valid and I was told last time I went out of the country, which was years ago, that I can’t use it again,” Gristina told the judge.

Her ex-husband, Dario Gristina, who is running for state Assembly from Putnam County, said that he was shocked by the news. “We divorced a long time ago. I was surprised,” he said.

 

Gristina is due back in court on Tuesday

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan-madam-busted-running-upper-east-side-brothel-catering-wealthy-clients-court-records-article-1.1033622#ixzz1oRg50SCC

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