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'Upscale escort' arrested in Eden Prairie prostitution sting

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KMSP) -

Prosecutors claim a woman from south Minneapolis is leading a double life, using her online alter-ego as a means to promote her $400/hour prostitution career.

In May of 2012, someone from the Southwest Station Condominiums sent an anonymous letter to Eden Prairie Police about a neighbor in unit 1112, which is owned by 44-year-old Lora LePoudre.

Investigators say LePoudre has her own website promoting her alias, Hilary Holiday. Online, she advertises herself as an upscale escort. In part the site reads "I take pride in what I do and approach life and business in a very spiritual manner."

"It's the oldest profession around so it's been around for a long time," said Sgt. Dennis Paulson.

Paulson told FOX 9 News that Holiday charged some of the highest rates for prostitution he's seen. He also said it took officers months to set up a sting with LePoudre.

"It's the level of the person doing the business," Paulson explained. "Some of them we consider 'high-end.' She is going to vet her clientele closely, and it takes a long time."

On the website, "Hilary Holiday" advertises being part of a documentary about prostitution. In it, she details her life as a mother of three children, describes an abusive husband -- a former pimp who helped turn her life around, and talks about buying her own home in south Minneapolis.

Neighbors in her Nokomis neighborhood say they had no idea. One neighbor thought she was a day trader, and another thought she cleaned houses for a living.

Back in Eden Prairie, neighbors in the family-friendly condo complex told FOX 9 News they are thankful police are enforcing the misdemeanor prostitution charge.

"It's crazy. This stuff is closer to home then one might imagine," said Krista Engebretson.

Police clarified that they believe LePoudre lives in Minneapolis and only works at the Eden Prairie condo, but Paulson said he isn't convinced the misdemeanor charge will make LePoudre find a new line of work.

"Most of the time, they turn around and they are right back doing the same thing," he said.

Paulson added that Eden Prairie police are seeing more prostitution in the community, and they say social media has contributed to the rise.

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