ABC: Spitzer led feds to prostitution ring, not vice versa

posted at 7:45 pm on March 10, 2008 by Allahpundit

A point oft-repeated today but worth repeating again: How did a guy who made his bones prosecuting corporate criminals get so sloppy with the evidence of his own malfeasance? Every john knows you always pay cash. Always.

Or so I hear.

The federal investigation of a New York prostitution ring was triggered by Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s suspicious money transfers, initially leading agents to believe Spitzer was hiding bribes, according to federal officials…

Client 9 … is alleged to have paid for the woman’s train tickets, cab fare, mini bar and room service, travel time and hotel.

The suspicious financial activity was initially reported by a bank to the IRS which, under direction from the Justice Department, brought [in] the FBI’s Public Corruption Squad.

“We had no interest at all in the prostitution ring until the thing with Spitzer led us to learn about it,” said one Justice Department official.

Spitzer, who made his name by bringing high-profile cases against many of New York’s financial giants, is likely to be prosecuted under a relatively obscure statute called “structuring,” according to a Justice Department official.

Structuring involves creating a series of financial movements designed to obscure the true purpose of the payments.

His family’s worth millions. If he’s hot to play with hookers, why not grab a few fistfuls of dollars from the coffers and pay them with that? In fact, not only was he moving money around to pay them, he was pre-paying them according to the FBI affidavit — $4,300 on February 13 instead of the $2,700 that that night’s “services” cost him. I guess he figured that fewer, larger payments were less noteworthy than smaller, more frequent ones?

Here’s the Times’s account of his tryst with “Kristen,” replete with payment to Qat, and here’s the master article with running updates, now featuring the link to someone named George Fox:

The law enforcement official said that several people running the prostitution ring knew Mr. Spitzer by the name of George Fox, though a few of the prostitutes came to realize he was the governor of New York.

Mr. Fox is a friend and donor to Mr. Spitzer. Asked in a telephone interview Monday whether he accompanied Mr. Spitzer to Washington on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14, Mr. Fox responded: “Why would you think that? I did not.”

Told that the Room 871 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel was registered in Mr. Fox’s name but with Mr. Spitzer’s Fifth Avenue address, Mr. Fox said, “That is the first I have heard of it. Until I speak to the governor further, I have no comment.”

Exit question one: Fox surely knew, right? Exit question two: Resignation tonight, do you think, or not? The big A’s betting — no.

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Spitzer drew attention to himself with his big money transfers. By contrast, Bill Clinton flew under the radar for years with an endless series of $15 withdrawals


moxie_neanderthal on March 10, 2008 at 9:45 PM

Or so I hear.

*snicker* *giggle* *snort*

WayWard Fundamentalist Christian on March 10, 2008 at 9:49 PM

Didn’t Springer pay with a check when he was mayor of Cincy?

Libs think they can just do what they want and noboby will ever catch them. STUPID

TroubledMonkey on March 10, 2008 at 9:50 PM

Didn’t Springer pay with a check when he was mayor of Cincy?

I don’t know if it’s true, but the version I heard was that he got mad and stopped payment on the check – which then drew attention to the issue

darkegop on March 10, 2008 at 9:52 PM

Would you say…..$2,700 worth of action?

aclark on March 10, 2008 at 9:14 PM

I was asking for that one.

steveegg on March 10, 2008 at 9:58 PM

I think Spitzer’s lifetime Hooker bill will seem cheap compared to a zero’d out career, what the Feds do to him and what his Wife leaves him with.

Every john knows you always pay cash. Always.

In lieu of saying some inappropriate (but in context), our politicians, only the best and the brightest.

Speakup on March 10, 2008 at 10:19 PM

… client 9 (Spitzer) was difficult and would ask girls to do things that were unsafe (unsafe sex).

Hmm … Spitzer swallow?

Alex_SF on March 10, 2008 at 10:29 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 10, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Heh. Sorry SPS. Hope the wine wasn’t too expensive.

Slublog on March 10, 2008 at 10:38 PM

“Slublog on March 10, 2008 at 10:38 PM”

No worries, but thanks for the thought.

Classic, just classic!

Seven Percent Solution on March 10, 2008 at 10:57 PM

While I’m glad to see Spitzer’s career ending, it’s a shame it’s over something as tawdry and stupid as this, rather than public outrage over his thuggish abuses of power.

Alex_SF on March 10, 2008 at 8:40 PM


Branch Rickey on March 10, 2008 at 10:58 PM

his face in that picture is absolutely rdiculous to me. good catch!

its vintage duh on March 10, 2008 at 11:05 PM

Man, his wife looks like she’s just about to lose it.

$2,700 is going to seem cheap compared to what that blow job’s about to cost him…

lodestonejames on March 10, 2008 at 11:16 PM

Exit question two: Resignation tonight, do you think, or not?

Why resign? Since when do Democrats care about this kind of thing? This just gives him credibility with the far left. Its not like he supports a balanced budget or something crazy like that.

taznar on March 10, 2008 at 11:19 PM

Lessons for us guys: click on my username below for an allegory & a Proverb to ponder–

jgapinoy on March 11, 2008 at 1:07 AM

I respect his wife for doing the “Tammy Wynette”; seeing her in that picture makes me feel very sorry for her and their family. She’s a victim in all of this.

Doug on March 11, 2008 at 1:16 AM

He didn’t announce his resignation but………Alan Colmes
was interviewing a member of the NY assembly and he
indicated that if Spitzer doesn’t resign steps will be taken to
impeach him. According to the pol where would be enough
votes to impeach him.

poodlemom on March 11, 2008 at 1:38 AM

But, to look at this on the bright side for Elliott, unlike Jim McGrevey and his paramour, at least Spitzer didn’t try to get “Kristen” nominated as New York State’s homeland security adviser (though if she could get Elliott to pony up a $4,300 toll charge, for a day-trip to Washington, he probably should have considered her for a job supervising the bridge and tunnel fees for the Port Authority).

jon1979 on March 11, 2008 at 1:49 AM

He drops $4300 for the girl, but only $98 to ship her down in the 5:39 out of Penn Station.

JammieWearingFool on March 10, 2008 at 9:07 PM

Is he a Global Warming nut? Being a dem it wouldn’t surprise me.

…less of a carbon footprint ya know!

91Veteran on March 11, 2008 at 2:05 AM

CNN found the real George Fox and he told them he knew nothing and had no comment. Sounds like Eliot just used the guy’s name.

rockmom on March 11, 2008 at 12:01 PM

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