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'Manhattan Madam' in Gov. Spitzer scandal pleads guilty in drug case

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The woman known as the “Manhattan Madam," who told the world that New York's Democrat Gov. Eliot Spitzer was a client for whom she supplied prostitutes, confessed to illegally selling prescription drugs in a New York federal courthouse on Friday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI.

Besides her position as the leader of a prostitution ring, the defendant Kristin Davis was a candidate for the office of New York City Comptroller, considered the second highest elected office in New York after the position of mayor.

Miss Davis -- who claimed Spitzer was a major client in a scandal that forced his resignation as governor and ended his political career -- pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

She faces a five-year prison sentence, according to federal sentencing guidelines, according to the FBI.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “Kristin Davis now stands convicted of illegally selling hundreds of highly addictive and dangerous prescription pills in exchange for cash. Abuse of illegally distributed prescription pills is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country, and this office will do everything in its power to help combat this public health epidemic.”

The 38-year-old defendant confessed to Federal Judge Edwardo Ramos that during a four-month period --January-to-April 2013 -- she illegally sold prescription drugs such as sleeping pills to a man who turned out to be a confidential informant for the FBI, according to the FBI's New York office.

Davis' plea deal stipulated that she didn't have to confess to other charges, including the accusation that she sold amphetamines and Oxycodone, both of which are Schedule II drugs that might have led to a stiffer prison sentence.

She is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Ramos on July 25 and to pay about $1,700 in restitution, as well.

In 2008, The New York Times reported the story of Gov. Spitzer patronizing an elite brothel. The scandal led to Spitzer's resignation as governor on March 12, 2008. Spitzer allegedly visited the prostitutes from the brothel seven or eight times paying more than $15,000 for sex.



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