Woman in alleged online escort scam granted bail

The woman accused of being involved with two men in an online escort scam was granted bail Thursday.

The woman accused of being involved with two men in an online escort scam was granted bail Thursday.

Crown Prosecutor Jason Snider and defence attorney Walter Kubanek filed a joint proposal regarding the release of Lindsay Rae Mazzei, 30, of Red Deer in Red Deer provincial court.

Judge Darrel Reimer agreed to the proposed $2,000 surety, non-cash bail with property instead. However, because of the nature of her charges there are several provisions to her release.

She must reside at a specific residence, obey a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, answer calls from police or a probation officer during curfew hours, abstain from alcohol and drugs excepting prescription drugs and report to a bail supervisor in person once a week.

She faces charges stemming from an online escort scam where her and two others, Florian Edward Poitra, 31, of no fixed address, and Mark William Bitterman, 30, of no fixed address, allegedly lured men using the Internet for escort services, then victims were robbed.

Charges against Mazzei include robbery with a firearm, extortion with a firearm, kidnapping with a firearm, forcible confinement, uttering threats, theft over $5,000, unauthorized possession of a firearm, use of an imitation firearm in the commission of an indictable offence and use of a firearm while committing an indictable offence.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 14 in Red Deer provincial court.