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May 20, 2009


DC Madam Jeane Palfrey committed suicide after she faced going to jail for 55 years, despite offering to cooperate with the Department of Justice, which wasn't interested in what she had to say about her powerful Washington clients. Here's how it works when the Feds aren't protecting the customers. . .

Palm Beach Post - Federal agents descended on a white stucco home a block from Boca's Old Floresta historic district in October 2007, and seized a computer belonging to Michelle Braun. Prosecutors say the 31-year-old mother of two ran an international escort service that matched porn stars and centerfolds with men who could afford to pay up to $50,000 a night.
Braun was charged in March with money laundering and transporting a woman from Orange County, Calif., to New York City for the purposes of prostitution. In the weeks ahead, she is expected to accept a plea deal that requires her to cooperate with the IRS and FBI. The deal includes five years of probation -- including six months of house arrest -- and a $30,000 fine.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thinking the mainstream media must have also comprised a significant portion of Palfrey's customers. Shows how careful you need to be when deciding whom to lie down with . . .

May 20, 2009 8:49 PM  

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