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Accused Manhattan madam Anna Gristina has decided not to use her former lawyer's home as collateral, her legal team said -- even after waging a very public fight to get her bail lowered. Lori Bordonaro reports.
The suburban mom accused of running an escort service out of an Upper East Side apartment for 10 years has changed her plan for posting bond, her lawyer said Monday.
Anna Gristina has been jailed at Rikers since her February arrest. A judge agreed last week to slash her $2 million bond to a $250,000 bond or $100,000 in cash.
On Friday, her legal team gave prosecutors paperwork outlining her bond plan that included the use of a former lawyer's apartment as collateral. On Monday, her lawyer said she was uncomfortable with using the apartment and had decided not to do so.
Her lawyer said she planned to put up family property and would aim to do so later this week.
Gristina told "Today" last week that she's had it easy compared to the challenges faced by her family as a result of her incarceration.
"I'm able to at least hide in here from it all. My children, they get followed by the press. My husband almost got run off the road yesterday by press," she said.
Prosecutors say Gristina peddled prostitutes for more than a decade and boasted that she had law enforcement contacts. Her lawyers have said she was merely starting a matchmaking business, one that she maintains was completely legal.
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