Anna Gristina, 44, is charged with running a high-end brothel in Manhattan's Upper West Side. Investigators say her operation included a Morgan Stanley banker, who handled the money and a New York City police sergeant who kept tabs on the authorities,
Some people living near the suspected brothel had their suspicions.
"Very well-dressed gentlemen, women I think of European background, it looked like, that's just the way it appeared to me," neighbor Marty Garrett said.
Police say the accused madam used all cash transactions and a sliding scale ranging from $1,000 an hour to $25,000 for a weekend.
Her defenders say she is simply a soccer mom with four kids who loves animals.
She's currently being held on $2 million bail.