Defendant in Spitzer Probe Pleads Guilty
A woman who booked high-end prostitutes for customers, including former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, pleaded guilty today in a federal probe, becoming the first person to admit wrongdoing in the highly-publicized case, the Associated Press reports.
Temeka Rachelle Lewis, 32, pleaded guilty to federal charges of promoting prostitution and money laundering. Lewis, one of four defendants in the case involving the Emperor's Club VIP, could face about 16 months in prison when sentenced Aug. 10, her lawyer said. She faces up to 25 years.
Spitzer, who announced his resignation March 12, has not been charged in connection with the investigation.
A 55-page affidavit detailing the FBI's investigation of 5,000 Emperors Club telephone calls and 6,000 e-mails showed the start-up business was suffering from several problems, from lackluster advertising in Los Angeles and nervous new employees who preferred to "just model" to Internet outages and trouble wiring money into bank accounts.
Still, the business was successful: Emperors Club made more than $1 million over three years and paid about $400,000 to more than 50 prostitutes.
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