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Atty: Accused NYC madam unfair target of case

Attorney: Accused NYC madam a suburban mom who was starting a legal online dating service By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Prosecutors and defense lawyers have presented contrasting views of a New York woman jailed on $2 million bail in a prostitution case.

Anna Gristina's lawyers portrayed her Tuesday as a suburban mother and former real estate broker who was setting up a legitimate online dating service. But prosecutors contend she is a multimillion-dollar madam who boasted of wealthy clients and ties to law enforcement. They say she stashed cash to flee if authorities tried to close in on her.

Gristina was arrested Feb. 22, but news of the case broke with a splash Monday. She has pleaded not guilty.

She is due back in court May 3. If convicted, she could face up to seven years in prison.

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