(CNN) -- New York's infamous "Hot Dog Hooker"
allegedly tried to serve up the full works to one customer, but she
didn't know the customer was an undercover detective and is now facing a
prostitution case, police said.
Catherina G. Scalia, 47,
of East Rockaway, New York, was arrested after she responded to a call
to go a hotel on Long Island, police said. She even drove her hot dog
vending truck there, authorities said.
Scalia gave the
undercover cop a massage -- without a license -- late Friday afternoon,
police allege. She's also accused of unauthorized practice, police said.
Then came her alleged offer for additional services, police said.
"She also offered to
engage in a sexual act for an undetermined amount of money. Scalia was
placed under arrest without incident," a Nassau County Police Department
Scalia disputed the charges at her arraignment Saturday in a Nassau County Court in Hempstead, CNN affiliate WCBS reported. "They keep framing me. I am broke. I am jobless. All these arrests are entrapment," Scalia said.
When CNN's Jeanne Moos profiled Scalia and her hot dog truck a year ago, Scalia asserted she was a stripper, not a prostitute.
At the time, Scalia said
she pleaded guilty in a recent criminal case: "I pleaded guilty to
stripper. A stripper is not a prostitute," she told CNN.
In fact, in last year's
incident, Scalia actually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor prostitution
after an undercover officer bought hot dogs from her stand, took her
business card offering topless dances, and received a lap dance at her
About nine years ago, Scalia faced a similar charge of prostitution out of her hot dog truck.
Scalia has four teenage
boys, but she said last year they were in their grandmother's custody.
"To my boys I say your mother's a stripper. You're gonna have to live
with that 'till the day you die," Scalia said.
Scalia's hot dog business uses the slogan: "Get a little wiggle with your wiener."
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