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Attorney says his client is no prostitute

LAWRENCEVILLE - An attorney representing one of the women arrested this week on prostitution and racketeering charges says his client is a loving mother, professional broker and developer and an all around wonderful person.

Nicole Probert, 30, of Lawrenceville along with local real estate agent Lisa Taylor, 42, of Duluth, is charged with violations of the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, prostitution, keeping a place of prostitution and conspiracy to possess cocaine.

Both women are accused of engaging in high-end prostitution in exchange for a fee of anywhere from $800 to $10,000, said Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter.

David Fuller, who said he is a personal friend of Probert, said he has represented Probert as her business attorney for a number of years.

Fuller would not get into details about Probert's background, but he did say Probert is a divorced single mother and native of the Midwest.

"She will come through this fine," he said. "This is not who she is, and if a conviction comes from this I'll be surprised."

Taylor, a 1985 Penthouse Pet who moonlights as Melissa Wolf, was at her million-dollar home in Sugarloaf County Club on Friday afternoon.

Despite phone calls made to her residence, Taylor would not comment, referring calls to her legal counsel.

One of those attorneys, Dan DeWoskin in Atlanta, would not comment on any details, saying it was too early in the case.

The arrests of Taylor and Probert were the result of a joint investigation by the District Attorney's office and the Gwinnett County Police Department.

According to Taylor's arrest warrant for the charge of prostitution, Taylor "did consent to perform sodomy on Jay Morgan in exchange for $500."

Probert's prostitution charge stems from her consenting "to perform various sexual acts upon Billy Rider in exchange for money," the warrant said.

The charges of keeping a place of prostitution stem from the women using their residences as places to house illegal sex acts, the warrants said.

The drug charges were the result of their conspiracy "with another to possess a quantity of cocaine," the warrants said.

The RICO charges stem from participation "in an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activities involving prostitution and the violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act," the warrants said.

The homes of both women were searched Wednesday afternoon, the same day they were arrested. A number of items were seized from both homes, including vehicles at Taylor's home.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said Friday afternoon that the list of items seized could not be released.

The bond amounts for Taylor and Probert was set at $27,900 Wednesday.

Taylor's bond was issued by King Bail Bonds in Atlanta, and the bond was signed off by its sister company, Northeast Bonding in Lawrenceville.

An official with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department said Probert's bond was issued by Bond, James Bond in Lawrenceville, but the company would not confirm or deny any transactions.

Porter said he doesn't anticipate a court appearance for the current charges until after Probert and Taylor are indicted, as they waived their preliminary hearing when they made bond.

Porter said Wednesday that additional charges against Taylor and Probert - as well as arrests of other alleged call girls and customers - are pending, but no other charges as of Friday had been filed.

Taylor, or Melissa Wolf, who lists her employer as Virtual Property Realty, resides in a million-dollar home at the exclusive Sugarloaf Country Club.

According to her application for appointed counsel and affidavit of financial resources, Taylor lives alone, and owes approximately $600,000 on her home. Porter Wednesday said the original loan on the home she purchased with her now ex-husband in 1999 is paid off and that Taylor had secured a second mortgage on the house.

She listed the value of her vehicles at approximately $40,000, of which she said she owes approximately $32,000.

Either her checking or savings accounts or both have approximately $1,800, she owns approximately $160,000 in rental property and has approximately $100,000 in mutual funds, according to her paperwork.

As for amounts owed for "extraordinary or unusual living expenses, child support payments and other medical expenses," she listed $12,000 per month.