Bail approved for woman in NYC prostitution case

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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 5:45 PM
Bail approved for woman in NYC prostitution case

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has approved a bail plan for a suburban New York woman accused of running a high-end Manhattan escort service.

Bail bondsman Ira Judelson (JUH'-dehl-sohn) says the judge approved the bail plan on Tuesday afternoon. Earlier this month, an appeals court lowered Anna Gristina's bond from $2 million to $250,000.

It's unclear when Gristina might be released, but Judelson says she could be out later Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Judelson says members of Gristina's family put up property for her bond. He and her lawyer, Norman Pattis, won't give specifics.

The Manhattan district attorney's office has no immediate comment.

Gristina has been behind bars since her February arrest on charges of promoting prostitution.

She says she was just starting a dating business. She has pleaded not guilty.