Criminal Justice

Investigators Raid Office of Lawyer with Ties to Accused Madam

Authorities raided the office of a Manhattan lawyer on Friday who owns property near a farmhouse of accused madam Anna Gristina.

Lawyer David Jaroslawicz told the New York Post he had “no idea” why his office was raided. His lawyers told the Post and the New York Daily News that Jaroslawicz was not the target of the raid.

Jaroslawicz lives on a 20-acre spread in Monroe, N.Y., next to Gristina and is listed as the registered agent for her pig-rescue farmhouse, the stories say. He has represented women in sexual harassment suits, particularly women harassed at dot-coms, the Daily News says.

The raid came as police arrested two women accused of working as prostitutes for Gristina and an accountant accused of laundering money for her. Gristina is accused of providing prostitutes who charged $2,000 a night to wealthy clients.

A different lawyer, Peter Gleason, offered to put up his $2.5 million New York City loft as collateral for Gristina. He represented the defendant until a judge declared that the lawyer is off the case.

Prior coverage:

New York Times: “Charged as Madam, and Defended as Entrepreneur and Pig Rescuer”

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