Mom charged with being NYC madam pleads guilty

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NEW YORK (AP) – A suburban mother of four charged with running an upscale escort service in New York City has pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution. A judge said Tuesday that Anna Gristina will be sentenced Nov. 20 to time served and probation as part of a plea deal. The judge warned she could also be deported.

Gristina was arrested in February and spent four months in jail before being released on $250,000 bond in June. The charge stemmed from a July 2011 tryst that authorities say she arranged involving two women and an officer posing as a client.

Prosecutors say Gristina had a roster of wealthy, well-placed clients and boasted of law-enforcement connections during 15 years in a business that made her millions. She had said she was merely starting a dating service.

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