Heidi Lynne Fleiss, known as the "Hollywood Madam," is a former American madam. In 1997, she was convicted in connection with her prostitution ring with charges including pandering and tax evasion. Her ring had numerous famous and wealthy clients. She was sentenced to 37 months in prison for tax evasion, (pandering charges were dropped) but served just 21. Her original three-year sentence prompted wide outrage at her harsh punishment, while her customers had not been punished.