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  • 20 November 2012, 18:35

Scottish 'Madam' Spared Deportation From US

A Scottish mother of four who admitted a charge of promoting prostitution in New York was sentenced to six months on Tuesday, but appears to have escaped an extradition threat.

Anna Gristina, a legal US resident originally from Kirkliston, near Edinburgh, will serve no time in jail as she spent four months in custody before being released on bail in June.

Gristina's lawyers said she spent her time rescuing animals at her 12-acre property in Monroe, about 50 miles north of New York City.

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

Gristina, who was arrested in February, claimed she merely started a dating service.

She was charged with a single count of promoting prostitution, stemming from a July 2011 meeting that authorities say she arranged involving two women and an undercover officer posing as a client.

The court in New York also sentenced Gristina to a term of probation. 

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