Alleged Accomplice of 'Millionaire Madam' Cuts Deal to Avoid Jail
MANHATTAN — The alleged accomplice of accused "Millionaire Madam" Anna Gristina apparently cut a deal with prosecutors that will keep her out of jail, DNAinfo.com New York has learned.
Gristina’s attorney, Norman Pattis, confirmed for “On The Inside” that he recently received word that Jaynie Mae Baker will not attend a hearing Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court when their joint motion to have all charges against Gristina and Baker dismissed will be heard.
"If she is not going to there, there is only one reason why,” Pattis said. “She has a deal and/or a deal to cooperate with the government.”
The deal calls for no jail time and just a fine, sources told "On the Inside."
Baker has kept out of sight since her high-profile arrest last March, and Pattis had fully expected to see her in court on Thursday.
“Somebody performed some surgery and we are missing our Siamese twin,” he said. “I am disappointed that I wont be working with Mr. Gottlieb any longer.”
Robert Gottlieb, the attorney who represents the 30-year-old Baker, declined comment.
Last March, DNAinfo.com New York broke the story that Gristina was the suspected mastermind of a multimililon dollar prostitution operation that set-up high-end hookers with rich and powerful clients including busnessmen, lawyers and influential New Yorkers.
Baker, who had worked for a legitimate matchmaking service on Fifth Avenue, was also accused of being her top recruiter and after spending several weeks on the lam surrendered to authorities on a single count of promoting prostituion.
Baker and her lawyer publicly vowed to fight the case alongside of Gristina to the end.
Gristina allegedly bragged to investigators that she knew people in law enforcement who would tip her off if she came under investigation, sparking a five-year public corruption investigation.
According to prosecutors, Baker's involvement in the ring was described by witnesses on "numerous audio and video recordings" over the years.
"We have had numerous informants over the years who have at times discussed Ms. Baker's role in the entire operation," Assistant District Attorney Charles Linehan said at Baker's arraignment, without elaborating as to her alleged role in the illicit business
Despite the sensational tone of the case, both women were only officially charged with a single count of promoting prostituion involving an underocver NYPD cop who posed as a john and was set-up with two escorts who danced for him in an Upper East Side apaprtment on E. 78th St. that Gristina allegedly used as a meeting place for her clients.
After turning herself in, Baker was freed on $100,000 bail that was guaranteed by a home put up by her then-boyrfriend.
Gristina did not fare as well.
The 44-year-old mother of four was ordered held on $2 million bail and defied prosecutors who were seeking her cooperation, saying she would never name names.
After spending four months on Rikers Island, her attorney finally conviced an appealate court to grant her bail, and she was released on $250,000 bail last June. She immediately returned to her upstate farm where she kept her beloved pigs.
DNAinfo.com New York was the first to report that Gristina was in talks while in jail to have her own reality show depicting her well-documented animal rescue efforts.
It was also the first to report Baker’s emergence in the case and, among other exclusives, that one of Gristina's alleged prostitutes claimed she had a tryst with former Sen. John Edwards while he was stumping in New York during the 2008 presidential campaign.