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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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A former prosecutor from New Jersey has pleaded guilty to charges related to his running a brothel in Manhattan.

Paul Bergrin of Morganville, N.J., pleaded guilty on Monday to misdemeanor conspiracy to promote prostitution in exchange for three years probation and a $50,000 money forfeiture.

Manhattan Justice Thomas Farber will sentence Bergrin on Sept. 15. The 53-year-old defendant remains free on $100,000 bail.

Bergrin is a former prosecutor in Essex County, N.J., and with the federal government. He was accused of taking control of the NY Confidential escort agency which had been created by his client Jason Itzler.

Itzler was sentenced in January 2007 to three years in prison.

Before Monday's guilty plea, Bergrin had faced felony money laundering charges and could have received up to 25 years in prison.

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