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Cops bust upscale prostitution ring

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  • Alleged ringleader dubbed "Heidi Fleiss of Houston"
  • Investigators say women met clients in upscale hotels, charged about $350 an hour
  • Police scour computer files and credit card records to verify a large client list
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(CNN) -- Police in Houston, Texas, say they have busted a prostitution ring that may involve more than 1,500 clients, including professional athletes, doctors and lawyers.

Investigators were scouring computers files and credit card records on Monday, trying to verify a large client list that could ignite scandals throughout the city, CNN affiliate station KHOU reported.

Police arrested alleged ringleaders Deborah Turbiville and her husband, Charlie, as part of a two-year investigation, the affiliate reported.

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Turbiville called herself the "Heidi Fleiss of Houston," referring to a woman who was dubbed the "Hollywood Madam" for providing call girls to famous and wealthy clients, police said.

Turbiville, who reportedly recruited prostitutes through the online site Craigslist, was in court Monday on a charge of promotion of prostitution.

Investigators said the women met their clients in upscale hotels and charged about $350 an hour, the affiliate reported.

Clients also met prostitutes in a luxurious three-bedroom apartment, police told the affiliate.

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