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N.Y. prostitution ring has lofty ties, prosecutor says

NEW YORK - A woman accused of running a multimillion-dollar prostitution ring out of an apartment has connections to rich and powerful people who might help her flee in order to keep the case from proceeding, prosecutors told a judge Tuesday.

The woman, Anna Gristina, 44, had boasted before her arrest that she had law enforcement contacts who would tip her off if she was in danger of getting caught, an assistant district attorney, Charles Linehan, said in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

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Now, he said, wealthy clients and others may have “an interest in not allowing this case to go forward,’’ he told Judge Juan Merchan as he argued successfully to keep bail for Gristina at $1 million cash and $2 million bond. She is being held on Rikers Island.

The case stems from a five-year investigation by a unit of the Manhattan district attorney’s office that investigates police and other uniformed city workers. But no officials appear to have been charged.

Prosecutors said Gristina had been arrested Feb. 22 while meeting with a banker about possibly investing in an expansion of her business online.

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