May 26, 2015
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A Stanford University law school
graduate has pleaded guilty to a tax charge for income she earned
while working as a high-priced prostitute.
35-year-old Cristina Warthen admitted in San Jose
federal court Monday that she failed to pay taxes on nearly $82,000
earned in 2003 as an escort. She operated under the stage name
"Brazil" and ran the Web site, Touchofbrazil.net.
Warthen admitted in her plea agreement that she exchanged sexual
favors for money while visiting customers across the country.
Authorities seized $61,000 from Warthen's safe deposit box in
January 2004. Later that year, she married David Warthen,
co-founder of the online search engine, Ask.com.
Under the plea deal, she must pay the government $313,000 and
likely will be ordered to serve one year of home detention when
she's sentenced June 15.
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