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ALBANY NY - After decades as a prosecutor Eliot Spitzer on Monday found himself involved in a criminal investigation from a different perspective.
Spitzer, the governor of Albany, was a client of a high-end prostitution ring broken up last week by federal authorities, said law enforcement officials.
This development is threatening to end the governor's career and turn the state's political world upside down.
Officials said Spitzer was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet a high-priced New York prostitute in a Washington hotel, but he has not been charged with any crime.
Legal experts and law enforcement officials connected to the case said he could be in legal jeopardy, probably related not to the prostitution itself but to how he paid for the services.
One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Spitzer's lawyers would probably meet with federal prosecutors to discuss his method of sending thousands of dollars to the Emperor's Club VIP, a high-priced prostitution ring.
The payments were made over a period of several months in a way that investigators believe was intended to conceal their purpose and source, which could amount to a crime called structuring, several law enforcement officials said.
The maximum penalty for structuring, according to records, is five years in prison, along with a fine.
If structuring is committed along with another crime, or if more than R794600 is involved over a year - which seems unlikely in this case - the penalties can be doubled. - Sapa