The sister of pop diva Mariah Carey was arrested on a prostitution charge Friday, and police are saying anyone who may have had a sexual encounter with the woman should see their doctor.
Alison A. Carey, 55, who is HIV positive, was arrested by Saugerties police following an undercover investigation into allegations that she was prostituting out of a town of Saugerties hotel. Police would not identify the hotel.
She was arrested after soliciting money in exchange for sexual favors from an undercover police officer posing as a client.
Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said when she was arrested Carey identified herself as the sister of the performer, who was once included on Forbes' list of the 20 richest women in entertainment, Mercury News reports.
Sinagra said an internet search of the two women appeared to confirmed the claim.
Sinagra said Carey, whom police described as transient, was advertising her services on the Internet, and according to her posting, had been working out of the hotel for about a week.
One ad, posted at 6:18 p.m. Friday, contains two photos of Carey and states: "Im a pretty lady looking for guys who are looking to have some fun and get into a world of pleasure that other woman just cant provide two you,woman with the ability to make the earth move for you and to get you to see stars, oh yea with me its,"ITS SUCH A SWEET,SWEET FANTASY BABY, WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES I COME AND TAKE YOU ON AND ON." That phrasing mimics the lyrics from Mariah Carey's 1995 hit "Fantasy."
Two other ads, posted by the same user, were dated July 31 and Aug. 15.
Sinagra said police were tipped off about the ads, which had been placed on a website that includes an "adult" category.
Sinagra said that "based on other stories," there could be cause for concern for people who had sexual encounters with Carey, particularly if it was unprotected, and urged those individuals to contact their doctors.
Carey was arraigned in Saugerties Town Court and sent to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail. She is due in Saugerties Town Court on Tuesday.