'Beltway Madam' threatens to disclose client list
(3/09/07 - MANHEIM, PA) -- A California woman who once operated an escort service in the Washington area will have to resolve a pending criminal case before she proceeds with a civil lawsuit against federal authorities.
Deborah Jean Palfrey was indicted last week on racketeering and other charges. She has been trying to force the return of about $500,000 of her property that was seized.
A federal judge ruled today that the criminal case against Palfrey must be resolved before the civil matter can be heard.
Palfrey has threatened to sell the phone records of her client list to raise money for her court defense.
Prosecutors say the call-girl service hired college-educated women to cater to men in hotels and homes in Washington and its Maryland and Virginia suburbs.
Federal prosecutors contend the escort service promoted prostitution.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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