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'Hollywood Madam' Faces Parole Charge

METRO NEWS | Southern California IN BRIEF / LOS ANGELES

March 31, 2001|From Times staff and wire reports

Heidi Fleiss, known as the "Hollywood madam" for her call girl ring catering to the rich and famous, has been arrested on suspicion of violating her parole by using methamphetamines,authorities said Friday.

Fleiss, 35, was arrested Thursday by federal marshals at a meeting with her probation officer, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.

The arrest warrant charges her with admitting to the use of methamphetamines and not reporting for mandatory drug tests, which are violations of the conditions of her release from federal prison in 1999, Mrozek said.

Fleiss was being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles and could face arraignment as early as Monday, Mrozek said.

She once earned thousands of dollars a day running her high-priced Hollywood call girl ring.

She served three years in prison after being convicted on federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and money laundering. She was arrested after an undercover operation.

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