ATLANTA – A former Penthouse Pet of the Month and another woman were indicted Wednesday on charges that they ran a brothel in a million-dollar mansion in one of suburban Atlanta's most exclusive neighborhoods.
Lisa Ann Taylor, 42, and Nicole Alaine Probert, 30, face charges of prostitution, conspiracy and racketeering. Taylor, the former centerfold, also was charged with cocaine possession, marijuana possession and keeping a place of prostitution.
They were arrested Jan. 3 after authorities were tipped off to a Web site showing Taylor sprawled topless on an ottoman and advertising services ranging from $300 one-hour photo shoots to "dream dates" that included a one-hour show.
Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said that among the services offered was sex with Taylor and other women for an entire weekend for $10,000.
The mansion is in a gated neighborhood about 20 miles from Atlanta, and near the ninth hole at Sugarloaf Country Club, home of the PGA's AT&T Classic each May. Customers allegedly included doctors, lawyers and businessmen.
Reached by telephone after the grand jury decision, Porter said he would not comment on the charges.
Mark Issa, one of Taylor's attorneys, said the indictments were "what we expected."
"Now we're just ready to enter a plea of not guilty and get this case moving forward," he said.
Taylor, who uses the stage name Melissa Wolf, went on a whirlwind exotic dancing tour after her arrest to raise funds for her legal defense. Her real estate license has been inactivated and a lien was placed on her home.
Also indicted on Wednesday were Alexander Rider, Kerry Kruzel and Daniel Luigi Marfione, who face pandering charges on suspicion of using the business' services. Marc Alfred Garzon was also indicted on conspiracy charges involving Taylor related to marijuana distribution.
According to prosecutors, the prostitution charges for Taylor are related to two incidents in December. The conspiracy charges are tied to a suspected cocaine delivery.
The racketeering charges are related to a dozen suspected instances of prostitution between January 2006 and January of this year — including ones alleged to have occurred after their arrest and release from jail.
Steve Sadow, Probert's attorney, did not immediately return a phone message left with his answering service. The names of attorneys for the men charged in the case could not be determined Wednesday night. All were arrested and released on bond earlier.