The alleged accomplice of accused "Millionaire Madam" Anna Gristina surrendered to police today, pleaded not guilty in court and was released on a pre-arranged $100,000 bail.
Jaynie Mae Baker, 30, was vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, when friends informed her that reporters were camped out at her Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment, her lawyer Robert Gottlieb said. Baker contacted her attorney and volunteered to turn herself in, Gottlieb said.
She flew back to New York on Saturday night. When she arrived at Newark Airport, she was detained by Customs, but an official from the Manhattan District Attorney's office arranged for her release, according to Gottleib.
Baker turned herself in this morning as planned and appeared in a Manhattan court at an arraignment hearing this afternoon on one charge of promoting prostitution in the third degree. Her bail was set at $100,000, an amount which she had already secured, backed by a friend's property.
She will appear in court again on March 27.
Baker was indicted last week along with Gristina. Gristina is accused of using a Manhattan townhouse for prostitution and was heard bragging on wire taps that her clients included wealthy people as well as powerful members of law enforcement, according to court documents.
Baker is suspected of using her connections among Manhattan's wealthy and well place society to help Gristina build her client list.
If convicted, Baker faces up to seven years in prison.
Gristina, 44, was back in court Monday when a judge looked at her finances to determine whether she should receive a court-paid defense. The hearing will continue on Thursday. The so-called "Millionaire Madam" insists she is broke.
Gristina, who is a British citizen, has four children and lives in Monroe, N.Y., with husband Kelvin Gorr. She remains in jail, held on a $2 million bond.
Earlier this week, a lawyer for a woman named Irma Nici came forward to say that she worked as a call girl and that Gristina referred her clients.
Nici, who is originally from Bosnia, had a business relationship with Gristina for four to six years, lawyer Paul Jensen said.
"What I have been told is that Anna Gristina was providing prostitution services and would book Irma and other girls and that this took place over a period of years," Jensen told "Good Morning America."
Some of the clients included men who could afford to pay $2,000 an hour and "consisted of well-to-do and, in some cases, quite well-known individuals," Jensen said.