Alleged Millionaire Madam's Banker Pal Put On Leave By Morgan Stanley

Share
Copy

A Morgan Stanley banker who was with the so-called "Millionaire Madam" when she was arrested was placed on administrative leave today, a Morgan Stanley spokesperson told ABC News.

David Walker had been meeting with alleged madame Anna Gristina at the time of her Feb. 22 arrest.

"She had been present at his office for a meeting in which she was trying to solicit money to fund what we believe is another illicit business venture on the internet that involves matching up male clients with female prostitutes," prosecutor Charles Linehan said during Gristina's Feb. 23 arraignment.

When contacted by Manhattan local news site DNAinfo at his apartment Wednesday, Walker said he was surprised he was receiving attention for his connection to Gristina.

"She had plenty of other people at Morgan Stanley. I don't know why they're talking about me," he said.

Walker is the latest in a cast of characters to emerge in the brothel bust. Authorities are hoping to speak with Jaynie Baker, a sometime matchmaker who allegedly helped Gristina build her clientele by leveraging her high-end connections on the New York social scene.

Baker, 30, was indicted along with Gristina and allegedly helped the Millionaire Madame build her base of clients, the New York Post reported.

At Gristina's arraignment, prosecutors cautioned against giving her bail because "she has a lawyer friend who is known to this investigation" who helped her invest and launder her money and "we believe.. has basicly locked money away for her" if she had to go on the lam.

Prosecutors also asserted during the arraignment that wiretaps have caught her assertions that she "has connections in law enforcement who are poised to help her out."

Gristina has pleaded not guilty, saying through her lawyer that she was attempting to set up an online dating business. At a hearing Tuesday, a judge refused to lower the British-born Gristina's bail, calling her a flight risk. She was sent back to Rikers Island jail.

The Millionaire Madam allegedly promoted prostitution under the name Anna Scotland for 15 years, netting her millions of dollars as attractive young women, some of them allegedly underage, and wealthy men came and went from an unassuming brownstone on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Gristina was allegedly caught on wiretaps and surveillance videos as part of a five-year investigation by the District Attorney's Public Corruption Unit, which probes the conduct of law enforcement and other officials and whether they have been protecting Gristina's alleged activities.

Gristina has four children and lives in Monroe, N.Y., with husband Kelvin Gorr and various rescue animals, including pot bellied pigs.

"We are just a great family ... and my wife means everything to me," Gorr told the New York Daily News as he exited his wife's hearing today. "I feel heartbroken."

Gristina was previously married to Dario Gristina, who is a candidate for New York State Assembly.

Her next court date is scheduled for May 3.

Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...