Spitzer Used Aliases, Paid With Money Orders: Court

Other details revealed at last sentencing
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2009 8:33 AM CDT
Spitzer Used Aliases, Paid With Money Orders: Court
In this March 10, 2008 file photo, New York State Gov. Eliot Spitzer makes a statement to reporters during a news conference in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

(Newser) – The takedown of former New York governor Eliot Spitzer was not politically motivated, it was revealed yesterday at the sentencing of the last Emperor’s Club VIP defendant. Rather, the IRS noticed suspicious bank transfers from Spitzer's personal account to the account of a shell company used by the prostitution ring, the New York Times reports.

Unsealed court records provided further details of how Spitzer carried out his affairs over an 18-month to 2-year period: He used aliases, met the women in cities other than New York and Washington, and paid with postal money orders—a “relatively unsophisticated” method, the defense lawyer said. (Read more Eliot Spitzer stories.)

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