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Morgan Stanley Hunts for Banker With Ties to Alleged Madam

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Oliver P. Quillia for cnbc.com
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The investment bank Morgan Stanley is trying to find out which of its investment bankers has ties to Anna Gristina, the woman alleged to have run a high-end brothel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

When Gristina was arrested last month, she was meeting with a Morgan Stanley banker, according to the New York Post.

The bank has searched visitor records at its New York offices, according to the person familiar with the matter. Another person at Morgan Stanley said that the firm was conducting a search through email records to see if an employee was contacting her through the firm's email system. So the search hasn't turned up any names, that person said.

It's important to keep in mind that there may have been no wrong-doing at all on the part of the Morgan Stanley employee. Sources have told the New York Post that she hoped to "go legit" with an online dating service. Early reports said that the purpose of her meeting was to establish an online business. So the banker could well have been unaware of her alleged illicit activities.

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