Published November 20, 2012
NEW YORK – A suburban New York mother of four who pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution has been released from jail following a sentence of time served.
Anna Gristina got six months in jail on Tuesday and five years of probation.
Her lawyers said Gristina lived on a 12-acre property in Monroe, about 50 miles north of New York City, and rescued animals and helped abandoned pet pigs find new homes.
But prosecutors accused the 45-year-old Gristina of having a roster of wealthy, well-placed clients and boasting of law-enforcement connections during 15 years in a business that made her millions. She had said she was merely starting a dating service.
Prosecutors said they had to investigate her claims but found no evidence to show she was as well-connected as she had boasted.