Alleged Accomplice of ‘Millionaire Madam’ Pleads Not Guilty, Free on Bail
(NEW YORK) -- The alleged accomplice of accused "Millionaire Madam" Anna Gristina surrendered to police Tuesday, pleaded not guilty in court and was released on a pre-arranged $100,000 bail.
Jaynie Mae Baker, 30, was vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, when friends informed her that reporters were camped out at her Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment, her lawyer Robert Gottlieb said. Baker contacted her attorney and volunteered to turn herself in, Gottlieb said.
She flew back to New York on Saturday night. When she arrived at Newark Airport, she was detained by customs, but an official from the Manhattan District Attorney's office arranged for her release, according to Gottleib.
Baker turned herself in Tuesday morning as planned and appeared in a Manhattan court at an arraignment hearing that afternoon on one charge of promoting prostitution in the third degree. Her bail was set at $100,000, an amount which she had already secured, backed by a friend's property.
She will appear in court again on March 27.
Baker was indicted last week along with Gristina. Gristina is accused of using a Manhattan townhouse for prostitution and was heard bragging on wiretaps that her clients included wealthy people as well as powerful members of law enforcement, according to court documents.
Baker is suspected of using her connections among Manhattan's wealthy and well-placed society to help Gristina build her client list.
If convicted, Baker faces up to seven years in prison.
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