Brazilian police dismantled Monday a prostitution ring that had been operating in this capital, arresting nine alleged ringleaders including a woman known as the "madame to the politicians."

Jeany Mary Corner, 53, managed a model agency in Brasilia until 2005, when her name became linked to a notorious corruption scandal that ended with the downfall of then-Finance Minister Antonio Palocci.

The minister, a heavyweight in the administration of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was forced to resign after being accused of frequenting orgies at a Brasilia mansion where he mingled with businessmen seeking favors of the government.

So many models from Corner's agency were at those parties that she was called the "madame to the politicians" in the press and even by a congressional panel investigating the scandalous reports about Palocci.

Eight years ago, in an unusual interview with the daily Folha de Sao Paulo, Corner denied that the girls working for her were prostitutes and said her agency was merely involved in "organizing events."

Corner acknowledged that she organized parties for politicians and that on some occasions would reserve up to two floors of a Brasilia hotel.

In that interview, Corner said she had around 1,000 clients and that among them were influential politicians, whose names she kept in a little girl's diary with a picture of the Walt Disney character "The Little Mermaid" on the cover.

Though she showed the diary during the interview, she swore its contents would never be revealed.

"I'm not a telltale," she told the Sao Paulo newspaper. EFE