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Anna Gristina, alleged "Manhattan Madam," sentenced to time served in prostitution case

Alleged "Manhattan Madam" Anna Gristina in an interview with Dr. Phil on Sept. 12, 2012 CBS New York

(AP) NEW YORK  - Anna Gristina, a suburban New York mother of four who pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution, has been released following a sentence of time served.

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Gristina got six months in jail Tuesday and five years of probation. Her lawyers said Gristina 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.

But prosecutors accused the 45-year-old Gristina of having a roster of wealthy, well-placed clients and boasting of law-enforcement connections during 15 years in a business that made her millions.

She had said she was merely starting a dating service.

Prosecutors said they had to investigate her claims, but found no evidence to show she was as well connected as she had boasted.

Complete coverage of the "Manhattan Madam" case on Crimesider

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