NY escort worker pleads guilty in Spitzer case

/ Source: The Associated Press

A woman accused of helping arrange trysts between pricey escorts and their customers pleaded guilty Monday in the prostitution scandal that forced Eliot Spitzer to step down as governor.

Tanya Hollander, 36, of Rhinebeck, N.Y., pleaded to a charge of conspiracy to violate the travel act. It's against the law to cross state lines while furthering an illegal business.

The plea means all four employees of the Emperors Club VIP arrested in March have admitted their roles in the illicit business.

Still uncertain is whether Spitzer will be charged in the probe that began last summer after a series of suspicious banking transactions.

Spitzer resigned March 12 after it was disclosed court papers referred to him as "Client-9," a man who met a prostitute known as Kristen on Feb. 13 in a Washington, D.C., hotel.

In June, Emperors Club VIP operator, Mark Brener, 62, of Cliffside Park, N.J., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a prostitution offense and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He agreed to serve 2 to 2 1/2 years in prison as part of a deal with prosecutors.

That same month Brener's former girlfriend, 23-year-old Cecil Suwal, pleaded guilty to money laundering, conspiracy and conspiring to promote prostitution, admitting her role as a manager of the company. She has agreed to spend as much as two years in prison.

In May, Temeka Lewis, a booking agent for the escort service, pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution and money laundering.

All three are awaiting sentencing.