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N.Y. Governor Linked to Prostitution Ring

AP

Posted: 2008-03-10 15:58:48

Filed Under: Nation News

ALBANY (March 10) - Gov. Eliot Spitzer, accused in news reports of being involved in a prostitution ring, apologized to his family and the public on Monday at a hastily called news conference. He did not elaborate on the story.

 

With his wife at his side, Spitzer told reporters that he "acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family."

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By AMY WESTFELDT, Associated Press Writer

6 minutes ago

 

 

 

NEW YORK - Gov. Eliot Spitzer, the crusading politician who built his career on rooting out corruption, apologized Monday after he was accused of involvement in a prostitution ring. He did not elaborate on the scandal, which drew calls for his resignation.

 

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His stoic wife at his side, Spitzer told reporters at a hastily called news conference: "I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family."

 

"I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself," he said. "I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family."

 

Spitzer's involvement in the ring was caught on a federal wiretap as part of an investigation opened in recent months, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing inquiry.

 

The New York Democrat, identified in legal papers as "Client 9," met last month with at least one woman in a Washington hotel, the law enforcement official said.

 

The prostitution ring, identified in court papers as the Emperors Club VIP, arranged connections between wealthy men and more than 50 prostitutes in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, London and Paris, prosecutors said. Four people allegedly connected to the high-end ring were arrested last week.

 

The club's Web site displays photographs of scantily clad women with their faces hidden. It also shows hourly rates depending on whether the prostitutes were rated with one diamond, the lowest ranking, or seven diamonds, the highest. The most highly ranked prostitutes cost $5,500 an hour, prosecutors said.

 

The scandal was first reported on The New York Times' Web site.

 

Spitzer spoke hours later. Stunned lawmakers gathered around televisions at the state Capitol in Albany to watch, and a media mob gathered outside the office of Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who would become governor if Spitzer was to resign. It took opponents only minutes to call for his resignation.

 

"Today's news that Eliot Spitzer was likely involved with a prostitution ring and his refusal to deny it leads to one inescapable conclusion: He has disgraced his office and the entire state of New York," said Assembly Republican leader James Tedisco. "He should resign his office immediately."

 

Spitzer, 48, built his political reputation on rooting out corruption, including several headline-making battles with Wall Street while serving as attorney general. He stormed into the governor's office in 2006 with a historic share of the vote, vowing to continue his no-nonsense approach to fixing one of the nation's worst governments.

 

Time magazine had named him "Crusader of the Year" when he was attorney general and the tabloids proclaimed him "Eliot Ness."

 

But his term as governor has been marred by problems, including an unpopular plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and a plot by his aides to smear Spitzer's main Republican nemesis.

 

Spitzer had been expected to testify to the state Public Integrity Commission he had created to answer for his role in the scandal, in which his aides were accused of misusing state police to compile travel records to embarrass Senate Republican leader Joseph Bruno.

 

Spitzer had served two terms as attorney general where he pursued criminal and civil cases and cracked down on misconduct and conflicts of interests on Wall Street and in corporate America. He had previously been a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, handling organized crime and white-collar crime cases.

 

His cases as state attorney general included a few criminal prosecutions of prostitution rings and into tourism involving prostitutes.

 

In 2004, he was part of an investigation of an escort service in New York City that resulted in the arrest of 18 people on charges of promoting prostitution and related charges.

 

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Associated Press Writer Mike Gormley contributed to this report from Albany, N.Y.

 

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Guest zipperzone

>A shame Bush and Bush Sr. don't get caught with their nuts in

>the wringer.

 

That is assuming that they actually have nuts.

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>>A shame Bush and Bush Sr. don't get caught with their

>nuts in

>>the wringer.

>

>That is assuming that they actually have nuts.

 

 

______________________________

Of course they have nuts...who the hell do you think voted for them!

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Guest zipperzone

>>>A shame Bush and Bush Sr. don't get caught with

>their

>>nuts in

>>>the wringer.

>>

>>That is assuming that they actually have nuts.

>

>

>______________________________

>Of course they have nuts...who the hell do you think voted for

>them!

>

 

LOL - good one!

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Forget BN, shades of Golan Cipel (Honey Trap)

 

Four people were charged with prostitution and tax crimes for allegedly raking in more than $1 million with a stable of 50 girls that serviced clients in New York, Washington, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, London, Paris and Vienna.

 

Mark Brener, the 62-year-old alleged ring leader from Monmouth Junction, NJ, along with his girlfriend and alleged top madam, 23-year-old Cecil "Katie" Suwal, , from Cliffside Park, NJ, both face up to five years in prison on prostitution charges and 20 years behind bars for money laundering.

 

Authorities raided Brener's home early yesterday and found $600,000 in cash and 19,000 in Euros in various safes, prosecutors said.

 

Brener, they said, had two Israeli passports in addition to his US passport.

 

Two other women, Tanya Hollander, 36, a nutritionist from upstate Rhineback, and Temeka Rachelle Lewis, 32, of Brooklyn, face similar charges for handling the day-to-day business.

 

For several years, wealthy men could go online and pick through mini-biographies of the women. Their bodies were pictured but their faces obscured.

 

"Raquel," who worked in New York and LA, was described as "an avid writer, actress and journalist."

 

Men paid $1,100 to $5,500 an hour or could get discounted day or multiple-day rates of $25,000 to $50,000. American Express and wire transfers were accepted.

 

Sometimes the women took imprints of the men's credit cards on the spot and faxed them back to the pimping couple.

 

The operation started to unravel after one of the hookers agreed to become a confidential source for the FBI in late 2006.

 

The Emperors Club boasted of customer satisfaction, but not all the employees were happy.

 

One prospective prostitute in London e-mailed Suwal in January complaining that the $1,000 an hour she'd receive was too low, especially if the john wanted sex twice in an hour.

 

"This is the kind of money I make very easily in photo shoots," she wrote. "But to provide sex for 500 pounds [$1,000] an hour, I just thing [sic] this is not a price I would ever consider," an e-mail intercepted by the FBI read.

 

 

Brener was held with no bail after prosecutors said he's a flight risk. Suwal was held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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>>A shame Bush and Bush Sr. don't get caught with their

>nuts in

>>the wringer.

>

>That is assuming that they actually have nuts.

 

 

That's in line with my theory that with a few exceptions, people of their political persuasion tend to be underequipped for getting involved in sexual scandals. Their talents lie more in activities where sexual equipment is irrelevant, lying, cheating, stealing, character assassination, warmongering, killing, parading bogus religious convictions, etc.

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RE: Stoic?

 

That wife looked stoic, my foot. She looked a lot of things, but for money, that wasn't one of them.

I'd love to see someone spin this PR to where the public at large remembers that it was the man who did all this to her, not the profession.

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