Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Edinburgh mother accused of running brothel in New York

A Scottish woman suspected of being a madam has been remanded in custody in the US on prostitution charges.

Anna Gristina, 44, originally from Edinburgh who lives in New York, was arrested on 22 February and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors claim she is a multimillion dollar madam who boasted of wealthy clients and links to law enforcement.

Ms Gristina has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has been remanded in custody. Her next appearance is 3 May.

Ms Gristina's lawyers claim she is a suburban mother and former estate agent who was setting up a legitimate online dating service.