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Manhattan madam released from jail on time served

Associated Press Modified: November 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — A suburban mother of four rumored to be moonlighting as a multimillion-dollar madam was released from jail Tuesday after she was sentenced to time served on a guilty plea in the sensational case.

Anna Gristina was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation after pleading guilty to promoting prostitution as part of a deal in September. The story made headlines when prosecutors said the 45-year-old Gristina boasted of having a roster of wealthy, well-placed clients and law enforcement connections during 15 years in the business. After an investigation, it became clear she was simply running a brothel and profiting from it.

"We are left with a straight-forward promoting prostitution case — a defendant who ran a brothel for many years and who profited from the sex trade. That is all," Assistant District Attorney Charles Linehan said during the plea.

Gristina's lawyers said their client 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. She initially claimed to be merely running a dating service.

But the native of Scotland pleaded guilty to a single count of promoting prostitution, stemming from a July 2011 tryst that authorities say she arranged involving two women and an undercover officer posing as a client named Anthony.

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