Cristina Schultz

Cristina Schultz.jpegFor those of you considering prostitution to pay off your law school debts (you know who you are), consider the cautionary tale of Cristina Warthen. As we have previously reported, Cristina graduated from Stanford Law School in 2001. But instead of going into Biglaw, Cristina adopted the porn name “Brazil” and turned herself into a high-priced escort.
Granted, if she graduated today, Cristina might have been able to get some public interest deferral money for her “service.” But this was a long time ago.
And for a while Cristina was a smashing success. She even landed a rich husband, AskJeeves founder David Warthen.
But the Warthens were hit hard by the recession, and the couple split. Meanwhile, the government came looking for $313,000 in back taxes from Cristina’s sultry side business.
The ABA Journal reports that there is a resolution in Cristina’s case. What sentence did she get?

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Cristina Schultz.jpeg* Cristina Warthen née Schultz, aka the Stanford Law Escort, is the 2001 Stanford law grad turned call girl turned filthy rich wife of Ask Jeeves founder David Warthen. But apparently, she’s no longer filthy rich, and will not be married for much longer. Warthen was wiped out by the stock market plunge and their divorce is pending. She’s not sure how she will pay the government the $313,000 she owes for tax evasion. [Mercury News]
* Facebook = gold mine for divorce lawyers. [Time]
* The Supreme Court will consider making discharging student debt through bankruptcy easier. [Associated Press]
* Nationwide Layoff Watch: California public defenders. [The Associated Press]
* Meet me in St. Louis, but don’t make me pay for recycling. [Courthouse News Service]
* The retrial for the Minnesota mom taken down by the music industry for illegal file sharing started yesterday. [CBS News]

Cristina Schultz.jpegWe recently reported on Stanford Law School’s new grading system. Does it involve dollar bills? Or leaving book prizes on bedside tables?

Cristina Warthen (née Cristina Schultz) — aka the Stanford Law Escort, now married to David Warthen, the filthy rich co-founder of Ask Jeeves — is back in the news. From the San Jose Mercury News (via TaxProf Blog):

A Stanford law school graduate suspected of paying off her costly student loans by running a high-priced escort service has now been hit with federal tax evasion charges.

In court papers filed Tuesday in San Jose federal court, prosecutors allege that Cristina Warthen failed to pay taxes on more than $133,000 she earned as a prostitute in 2003, jetting off as a call girl for clients in Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York and other cities. The government has charged her with felony tax evasion for failing to pay about $25,000 in federal income taxes.

Warthen’s business as a reputed high-priced hooker was first revealed several years ago, when the federal government searched her then-home in Oakland and seized more than $61,000 in cash suspected to be linked to her escort business. Court papers allege that starting in 2001, Warthen, then Cristina Schultz, used the name “Brazil” and advertised her escort services on a Web site, TouchofBrazil.net.

Brazil. Great beaches. And waxing.

A little bit more, after the jump.

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Cristina Schultz.jpegAfter we briefly mentioned Cristina Leeann Schultz, a.k.a. the Stanford Law escort, in our post yesterday about the summer-associate-turned-stripper, we wondered: Whatever happened to her?
Thankfully, one of you anticipated our curiosity, did some research, and sent us this update:

[Y]ou missed the “happy ending” (hehe) to the Cristina Schultz story. AskJeeves founder and millionaire David Warthen — who has since filed an implausible claim in the forfeiture proceeding that the money is actually his — left his wife and kids and married Schultz. The forfeiture case was settled last August; court records don’t indicate the amount of the settlement, but I imagine a FOIA request (or enterprising web-journalist) might tell us something…

Very interesting — perhaps we’ll be following up on this.
For those of you who can’t get enough of Christina Schultz d/b/a “Brazil,” additional details — including racy excerpts from the government’s complaint in the forfeiture case, and a link to Cristina’s old website — appear after the jump.

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