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Anna Gristina: US could deport New York 'madam'

Anna Gristina
Image caption Anna Gristina is originally from Edinburgh but is now a US citizen

A Scottish mother accused of running an escort service in New York City could face deportation after admitting a charge of promoting prostitution.

US prosecutors said Anna Gristina, 45, who is originally from Edinburgh but is a legal US citizen, was the madam of a Manhattan sex service for 15 years.

Gristina said previously she was merely starting a matchmaking service.

She admitted the charge of promoting prostitution as part of a plea deal at Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday.

It stems from an incident in July 2011, in which authorities say she arranged a tryst between two women and an undercover police officer posing as a client.

Gristina spent four months in jail before being released on a $250,000 (£154,000) bond in June.

'Wealthy clients'

The judge said she would be sentenced on 20 November.

Gristina lives on a 12-acre property in Monroe, which is about 50 miles (80km) north of New York City.

Prosecutors alleged she made millions from the business, which was said to have had a roster of wealthy clients.

Co-accused Jaynie Baker, a former matchmaking recruiter charged with helping Gristina set up sexual encounters, reached a deal to resolve her case.

Baker, 31, is due back in court on 2 October.

Gristina was arrested on 22 February as she left a friend's office after a fundraising meeting for her business, prosecutors said.

Two accused prostitutes and an accused money-launderer were also arrested in the case.

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