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March 13, 2008
Will Spitzer be Indicted?
US Attorney Michael Garcia is denying that any deal exists between his office and the Spitzer camp regarding the governor's resignation in exchange for not being charged with a serious crime. With that in mind, experts are saying it's a virtual certainty Spitzer is in deep legal trouble:
"To move funds from one place to the other, to hide the source of the money … it's still going to be money laundering," said John Jay College School of Criminology professor Joseph King. As you can see, this is no laughing matter for the former governor. Money laundering alone carries a maximum 20 years in prison.
Experts say "Client 9" could face the following charges:
* Money laundering for trying to conceal the source and recipient of financial transactions.
* Tax evasion, if he was a knowing party to an all-cash business that wasn't filing taxes.
* Violation of the Mann Act for paying for the trip from New York to D.C. by the call girl known as "Kristen."
* Misuse of state resources, if he used his state-issued credit card for hotels or meals with prostitutes as well as if he was being protected by State Troopers during his dalliances.
* And finally, soliciting prostitution.
There's also the question of whether Spitzer used campaign funds for these trysts, which opens up a whole other litany of charges from fraud to federal election violations.
Court documents and published reports indicate perhaps as much as $80,000 were transferred from Spitzer's account to a trio of dummy companies that were fronts for the escort service.