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The wife of co-founder David Warthen is facing felony charges after allegedly failing to pay taxes on more than $133,000 she earned as a high-priced interstate prostitute. Federal court papers filed on Tuesday accuse Cristina Warthen - nee Cristina Schultz - of operating "an escort business, in which she exchanged …


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  1. Chris G

    A hooker with a law degree

    Brings new meaning to being screwed by a lawyer.

  2. Bad Beaver
    Paris Hilton


    Ah, I see... prostitution is illegal in the land of the free... sorry, I forgot. Well, she should pay her taxes, I guess. It's a little on the brazen side to make 133K and declare none of it...

  3. Anonymous Coward Silver badge
    Anonymous Coward


    Actually, brings a new meaning to "making an honest woman of her."

  4. Rob


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  5. Jared Earle
    Paris Hilton



    Sorry, just getting that out of the way.

  6. Anonymous Coward

    better make it the playmobil version

    silly twit; ought to know how to hide money better than that. anyway, how much cash she had at home is NO BUSINESS OF THE FRIKKIN GUBMENT! Next thing you know they'll be checking everyones' bank statements and check passing...oh wait, they already do. Well then, next thing you know they'll be tapping all the phone lines and monitoring the interweb...oh wait, they already do. nice's my papers, comrade.

  7. Mathew White
    Paris Hilton

    and if you know where to look... can enjoy the hilariously awful website with its equally bad strip tease music.*/

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    What exactly is wrong with being an escort / prostitute?

    I understand that not paying taxes is a "bad thing" (but not so morally bad when said taxes are just used to bail out rich government donors) but why the fascination with the fact she did a spot of whoring for cash?

    Or is the USA so backward that prostitution is illegal?

  9. Robert Heffernan
    Paris Hilton


    "Or is the USA so backward that prostitution is illegal?"


  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's all a question of scale.

    Sex in exchange for $100: a night in a cell

    Sex in exchange for $5000: a trial for tax evasion

    Sex in exchange for half the estate of a multi-millionaire: traditional family values, elect that person president.

  11. Paul

    RE: better make it the playmobil version

    It is when she was being raided for tax evaision. I don't realy see what you problem is...

  12. Marvin the Martian
    Thumb Down

    greedy bitch gives rich folks a bad name.

    I can see how you'd begrudge the taxman if you're making say 10 grand a year, who cares for investing in education and roads if you cannot keep the walls of your own hovel up.

    But once you're above 20k, zero excuses; above 50k, you have to start considering it's better to pay extra much taxes, to keep the plebs from looting your home!

  13. Eddie Edwards
    Paris Hilton

    Lot of Dutch on today

    Prostitution is illegal in most civilized countries.

  14. Jay

    Given the state oftodays economy......

    that's probably the only place where you would want to make a deposit!

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    home counties

    Recently in a leafy village near where i live in the UK, a six bedroom house was raided on suspicion of being a brothel. It was and various people were arrested.

    The way they found out was that the lady running the place HAD PAID TAX on her 200K income.

    She declared her services as the usual massage / escort stuff.

    Seems you cant win.

  16. Chris
    IT Angle

    Am I missing something?

    So prostitution is illegal in the US... yet if you make a lot of money out of it, the government wants some? Surely they can't have it both ways...

  17. Mark
    Paris Hilton

    ooo eerrr

    the internet archive has all the pics :O

  18. Dave

    @Eddie Edwards

    "Prostitution is illegal in most civilized countries."

    and also in the US.

    <-- No joke icon, 'cos I'm not joking: they still have the death penalty, don't they?

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Horns

    @Eddie Edwards

    Title "Lot of Dutch on today "

    By Eddie Edwards Posted Friday 3rd October 2008 09:20 GMT

    Quote "Prostitution is illegal in most civilized countries."


    So, you want to call the U.S.A. civilised? Come on, give us a reason. Aw, come on. really.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Eddie Edwards

    "Prostitution is illegal in most civilized countries."

    Which would those be? What is described here (putting up an internet page, and making arrangements on your own behalf with an adult who saw the information) would be legal in most of Europe (I think all, but that's a lot of countries these days). There was even some fuss in Germany a couple of years ago about whether people should continue to collect unemployment benefits if they have turned down work as a prostitute, or if prostitution deserves a special status. I'm willing to believe it's illegal in most of northern Africa, but "most" implies well over half, and I'm not even sure it will make 50%. That depends on your definition of "civilized," of course.

    Which countries were you thinking of?

  21. Timothy

    Did anyone bother to

    ASK Jeeves if she was a prostitute?????


    I will get me coat!

  22. Matthew
    Paris Hilton

    Merkins and Hooers

    Prostitution is legal in some states (Nevada for one).

  23. Lukin Brewer

    Al Capone

    Need I remind everyone that when "Scarface" Al was eventually jailed, ending a long and fruitful career as a mob boss, it was for tax evasion.

  24. Rick

    @Am I missing something?

    "So prostitution is illegal in the US... yet if you make a lot of money out of it, the government wants some? Surely they can't have it both ways..."

    It's the old Al Capone tactic. They can't prove, in a court of law, that she was a prostitute but they can prove that she made a lot of money without paying tax. She's (allegedly) guilty of two separate crimes, but since they can only prove one, that's the one they're going for.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    I've always found it odd

    if you have sex and get paid for it, but no one is watching, that's illegal...

    if you have sex, get paid for it, and have a camera rolling... it's "entertainment" and even protected under the 1st amendment.

  26. Anonymous Coward

    @ I've always found it odd

    Indeed - Makes me wonder how long before someone starts a chain of brothels, instead calling them "Adult Film Studios" and offering people to fund and star in their own flick...

    Of course if they were funding they'd need to pay the other Actor/Actresses wages.... and the crew and facility fees too of course....

    Might well be a legal alternative to a 'brothel' - it would be harder to go after them without causing problems for the adult film industry...

  27. Anonymous Coward


    Have been in control in most of the states for a long time so prosty's are illegal almost everywhere (I'm not for or's just another business to me...I just don't happen to buy at that store).

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: OMG

    nternet archive is your friend. You will need to guess some URLs as the pages use java-script navigation so they no longer work directly through the archive.

    However, looking at that she should be sued either for false advertising or using the statutes for pimping and running a brothel (with which she as a law graduate should be familiar) with.

    There are at least 3 different women on those pictures and I think I have seen one of the pictures somewhere before around the net so she probably is in the frame for copyright violation as well.

    Paris, as she does all of that without a law degree and does not try to use other people's pictures to represent her (cough, cough...)

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