HQ on East 78th Street

As the entrepreneurial among us know, successful, brand name business don’t just happen overnight. They take blood, sweat, tears and in some cases, other bodily fluids, that the public never sees. Anna Gristina was nearly there. The mother of four (who went by the name “Anna Scotland” professionally) had been providing hookers for to “wealthy, powerful men” (“politicians, top-law enforcement, influential lawyers, bankers, entertainment execs and Fortune 500 businessmen”) out of an Upper East Side whorehouse for a decade and a half, had developed a thriving client list willing to pay between $1000 (for a “Dream Girl”) to $2000+ (for an “Ultimate Elite Model”) per appointment, and made millions in the process. She was ready for the big time. Just the other day, in fact, Gristina/Scotland was sitting down at the office of her friend and business associate, a Morgan Stanley employee, to hear his plan for “expanding her operation through the Internet.” And then this happened.

The petite, blond Gristina was caught on wiretaps claiming “to have made millions over the 15 or so years she has been in business as a madam,” Linehan said, according to newly released transcripts of the Feb. 23 hearing…Known in the industry as “Anna Scotland,’’ the Scottish native was nailed as part of a five-year investigation by the DA’s Official Corruption Unit, which probes NYPD and other uniformed officers for possible misconduct. At one point, Gristina was caught on tape saying her law-enforcement pals were “poised to help her out, to let her know if there is trouble on the front that she needs to be concerned about, particularly back during the Eliot Spitzer investigation,” Linehan said, referring to the former governor’s hooker scandal. An arrest warrant was issued for Gristina last month.

When cops arrived at her upstate home, where she rescues wild pigs and raises pit bulls, they didn’t find anyone — but a wild boar chased a police officer around, the sources said. Gristina was nabbed soon after in the office of a Morgan Stanley banker and “close friend.’’

It’s unclear if the friend was part of MS’s dominant tech team (and was entertaining Gristina/Scotland at HQ*) but knowing they tend to go after big fish companies about to pop it’s highly probable.**

Hot mama is kink link to rich: DA [NYP]
High-end madam busted for running upper East Side brothel is a suburban mom with four children [NYDN]

*I know the tech team is based in California– MAYBE THIS DEAL WAS SO HUGE THE GUY WANTED TO INTRODUCE GRISTINA/SCOTLAND TO BIG JIM.
**In our minds. Just let us have this.

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  1. Posted by Guest | March 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Five year investigation? "50 to 100 hours of audio and video recordings, some showing prostitutes doing the deed"? Is the DA's Official Corruption Unit run by the SEC?

  2. Posted by Wilbur | March 6, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    For her upstate clients $10 gets you a "Dream Hog." For $25 you get an "Ultimate Elite Swine."

  3. Posted by Put_Option | March 6, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Dream Girl is nothing special, but the Elite Model is great… Just don't expect them to keep any secrets.

    - E. Spitzer

  4. Posted by guest | March 6, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Is it just me, or is Bess letting fx trader guy who blew 150,000 pounds on a bottle of champagne off a little easy today?

  5. Posted by guest | March 6, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Is it just me or do you suck at staying on topic? Also, who gives a flying fuck? Some douche spent a lot of money at a club. Thrilling.

    Other than that I have no concerns.

  6. Posted by Lucious | March 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Kill yo elf.

  7. Posted by investorcluzo | March 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    and like that, a certain MS employee has more than just an alleged pen knife incident to worry about…
    -filed under: "when it rains, it pours"

  8. Posted by Guest | March 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Wait, what? First the LightSquared debacle, now the one place I can always get to for a little peace and quiet gets shut down, are you kidding me? I am going to have to seriously consider my options . . .

    - Wilbur P. F.

  9. Posted by guest | March 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Is it just me or do you suck at posting? Also, who gives a flying fuck? Some douche spent a lot of money at a club. Thrilling.

    Other than that I have no concerns.

    -Not the guest who posted above but a fan of his work

  10. Posted by Gen. Joe Hooker | March 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    I now wish to holy hell that Gen. Burnsides would have given in to troops' demands and let the "soiled doves"and camp followers join him in his war efforts for the Union

  11. Posted by Swine Quant | March 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Wild boar that chases cops around > Wilbur

  12. Posted by Infiniti fx trader | March 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Anyone up for a tickle fight outside of Minettas in about 1/2 hour?

  13. Posted by dumb | March 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    not to mention all that undercover work….

    - lucky DA guy not mentioned in article

  14. Posted by B2b MD | March 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    I'm trying to reconcile this post with the truism of: "If it ain't Scottish, it sucks"

  15. Posted by BessLevin | March 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Check yourself.

  16. Posted by new guy to the hood | March 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Ha… I live 1 block away from that place on E78…. I guess I am on the right side of the tracks….

  17. Posted by GuesT | March 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    I didn't know Lisa got the "blue fever"

  18. Posted by Swine Quant | March 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    I just hope that if Wilbur's options include heading upstate he understands domesticated piglets had better have some skills beyond drinking, smoking, and playing the piano.

    Although I imagine he's handy with a penknife.

  19. Posted by Im_a_Dude | March 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    its you

  20. Posted by HAM05 | March 6, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    it's called a caboose, you cretin

    -ghost of dex

  21. Posted by Dobby | March 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Hey!

  22. Posted by guest | March 6, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Wow. Where to start?
    1. Wilbur is a she.
    2. Wilbur only associates with people in the 1 percent. She's never even met these hoodrats.

  23. Posted by rrrr | March 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I went there and felt like an undersexed guy in a whorehouse.
    - W. Buffett

  24. Posted by J McNulty | March 6, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    2 at a time when I go undercover

  25. Posted by PermaGuestII | March 6, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    78th btw 1st & 2nd ≠ right side of tracks

  26. Posted by W. Bryant Jennings | March 6, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Another MS guy? He'd better get suspended too. I mean, at least I was only acting in self-defense!

  27. Posted by guessed | March 6, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    If you had to ask how much for the ultimate elite milkmaids, you couldn't afford it.

  28. Posted by Mutual of Omaha | March 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    That's "rednecks". "Inbred yokels" would also have been acceptable.

  29. Posted by strauss kahn | March 6, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Anna – If you are reading this – I highly recommend Ben Brafman – He works magic!

    DSK

  30. Posted by Guest | March 6, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Boxcar is also acceptable.

    - Gertrude Chandler Warren

  31. Posted by Guest | March 6, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    How can you be on the right side of the tracks in New York when they're all underground?

    - UBS Expressions quant

  32. Posted by The Grand Marquis | March 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Who can I cold call to propose money laundering scheme?

    - mr. swissie

  33. Posted by prison mike | March 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Hand over the tapes.

    -R. Limbaugh

  34. Posted by JPM | March 6, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Funny – I think Zuckerberg paid a similar amount for the "dream IPO" at another whore house on Broadway. Think they might still be open though.

  35. Posted by uninvited guest | March 7, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    some guy's wife: Honey, you've been working on that undercover case for 5 years now, when are you all gonna wrap it up?

    guy: Oh, that. I was laid off in '09. This late night stuff on the internet is a hobby.

  36. Posted by Lorili | March 7, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Well there goes my prospects for a new business venture my wee scottish gal and I were going to start….sh*t!!

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