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D.C. Madam Case Began With IRS Tip

Posted May 1, 2007 12:33 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The investigation of the alleged D.C. madam started with a tip to the Internal Revenue Service by a man who learned his girlfriend was working as a prostitute.

Since then, prosecutors have located several women who are prepared to testify that they worked for the escort service run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the Washington Post reports. Men are also willing to plead guilty and admit to sexual relations if their names are withheld, the story says.

But Palfrey told reporters that prosecutors are being unfair. "I believe there is something very rotten at the core of my circumstance," she said. She is asking clients to come forward to help bolster her claim that the service provided only fantasy sex.

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