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Spitzer Won't Face Charges In Prostitution Scandal

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will not face criminal charges following his role as a client in a high-profile prostitution ring that led to...
November 10, 2008

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will not face criminal charges following his role as a client in a high-profile prostitution ring that led to his resignation in March. U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia announced his decision on November 6.

"Eliot Spitzer has acknowledged to this Office that he was a client of, and made payments to, the Emperors Club VIP. Our investigation has shown that on multiple occasions, Mr. Spitzer arranged for women to travel from one state to another state to engage in prostitution. After a thorough investigation, this Office has uncovered no evidence of misuse of public or campaign funds," Garcia said in a statement.

Garcia also said there was no evidence pointing to criminal means of payment to the Club, despite court documents and published reports indicating that perhaps as much as $80,000 was transferred from Spitzer's account to a trio of dummy companies that were fronts for the escort service. Spitzer issued a statement expressing relief in the decision and again apologizing for his misconduct, though once again not specifically stating what that misconduct was.

Feds: Spitzer Won't Face Charges (NY Newsday 11/6/08)