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18 Arrested in Lucrative Prostitution Ring Out of Staten Island (Guess who busted them)
NY Times ^ | April 8, 2004 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM

Posted on 03/11/2008 10:28:12 AM PDT by McGruff

''This was a sophisticated and lucrative operation with a multitiered management structure,'' the state attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, who oversees the task force, said in a statement. ''It was, however, nothing more than a prostitution ring, and now its owners and operators will be held accountable.'' Investigators with the task force came across the ring while looking into the activities of a Gambino crime family gambling operation, the law enforcement official said. They had wiretapped a Gambino-linked social club on Fingerboard Road in Staten Island as part of that inquiry and saw the prostitution ring's leader, Frank Farella, 44, of Staten Island, visiting at the club, the official said.

(Excerpt) Read more at query.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; US: New York
KEYWORDS: flashback; spitzer
I excerpted the relevant part.
1 posted on 03/11/2008 10:28:12 AM PDT by McGruff
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To: McGruff

lol, that settles it, he was just trying to set up another ring.


2 posted on 03/11/2008 10:29:39 AM PDT by CJ Wolf (Let Freedom Ping List - Ron Paul - Ron Paul - Ron Paul - Join it.)
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To: CJ Wolf

Or eliminating the competition.


3 posted on 03/11/2008 10:31:01 AM PDT by CollegeRepublican
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To: McGruff

That’s called RESEARCH.


4 posted on 03/11/2008 10:31:44 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: McGruff

Did Spitzer volunteer to do any “undercover”work on this case?


5 posted on 03/11/2008 10:32:07 AM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: CollegeRepublican

Maybe they wouldn’t give him a discount.


6 posted on 03/11/2008 10:33:16 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: Riverman94610
Did Spitzer volunteer to do any “undercover”work on this case?"

quality control...

7 posted on 03/11/2008 10:34:52 AM PDT by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: Riverman94610
Did Spitzer volunteer to do any “undercover”work on this case?

If so, he went from playing "Dick Tracy" to having his "Dick Traced".


8 posted on 03/11/2008 10:36:55 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (I'm not voting FOR John McCain -- I'm voting AGAINST Hillary/Obama)
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To: CollegeRepublican

That’s exactly what I thought when I first heard about this yesterday. Did Spitzer knowingly and willngly bust his favorite girls’ competitors? Also, was Spitzer ever briefed about a possible investigation of his friends, and then did he deliberaty steer his lawyers/investigators in a different direction, or worse, did he personally squelch an investigation of them?


9 posted on 03/11/2008 10:39:26 AM PDT by moose2004
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To: moose2004

I imagine that any and all who have criminal records from that bust, or any bust, are now contemplating appeals, seeking to have their records expunged, or lawsuits - because everything will now be open for question.


10 posted on 03/11/2008 10:41:56 AM PDT by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: McGruff

Spitzer is going to be very popular in the prison shower


11 posted on 03/11/2008 10:42:53 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: McGruff

Hypocrisy, thy name is Liberal.


12 posted on 03/11/2008 10:43:31 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth to a Liberal, is like a crucifix to a vampire))))
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To: McGruff

Somehow I don’t think the irony pool of Spitzer is quite yet dry.


13 posted on 03/11/2008 10:46:05 AM PDT by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
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To: Nervous Tick

LMAO, that is funny!


14 posted on 03/11/2008 10:48:28 AM PDT by meanie monster
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To: McGruff
Why wouldn't this prostitution ring be extremely leery of allowing Spitzer to utilize their services when he had a history of putting people like them in jail? And why would Spitzer allow himself to be at the mercy of a business just like the one he busted?

It would seem logical that he was working for this ring aside from utilizing its services but the transcripts didn't seem to show that. There has to be an explanation for the trust though.

15 posted on 03/11/2008 10:56:20 AM PDT by Perchant
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To: McGruff

Definitely eliminating the competition so he can take charge of the action and get the freebies on the side. Spitzer should be drawn and quartered.


16 posted on 03/11/2008 11:08:05 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: McGruff

these cases must be thrown out - Spitzer has a conflict of interest /sarc


17 posted on 03/11/2008 11:10:17 AM PDT by Brian S. Fitzgerald ("We're going to drag that ship over the mountain.")
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To: Mr. K

Popular in the prison shower?
Maybe,but as the doer or the do-EEE?


18 posted on 03/11/2008 11:13:05 AM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: McGruff

This article is dated 2004.

Any idea if any of those arrested are still in prison for participating in the same business as Spitzer?


19 posted on 03/11/2008 11:13:36 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Perchant

“...Why wouldn’t this prostitution ring be extremely leery of allowing Spitzer to utilize their services...”

Because he used his best friend’s name!!

Such a slime!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1983558/posts


20 posted on 03/11/2008 11:26:52 AM PDT by Islander7 ("Show me an honest politician and I will show you a case of mistaken identity.")
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To: CollegeRepublican
Your right, sounds like Elliott Mess was weeding out those bad ole gangsters.
21 posted on 03/11/2008 11:39:09 AM PDT by parthian shot (I can't stand much more of this!!)
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To: Nervous Tick

LOL!

Thanks for the laugh.


22 posted on 03/11/2008 11:47:16 AM PDT by 1toomany
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To: McGruff
He had first hand information on how to set up and work a prostitution service. One thing he forgot is that the first prostitution ring got caught. LOL

Since we know Spitzer's prostitution ring shuttled hookers back and forth between NY and DC, I wonder if any of the DC politicians might be caught in this sting. If there are, I sure hope they're all RATS.

23 posted on 03/11/2008 12:05:04 PM PDT by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: McGruff

These whores only charged about a tenth as much as Spitzer’s. It’s so typically liberal to crush the “sex workers” of the “bourgeoisie” while keeping the high-priced ones available for themselves.


24 posted on 03/11/2008 12:15:03 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Law enforcement is selective in enforcement. And those who wield the power do so to increase their own power.

Whether that be courting the voters saying “see I what I did for the community” to outing the enemy or crushing the competition.


25 posted on 03/11/2008 12:18:34 PM PDT by weegee (I hold out HOPE that neither Obama or Clinton will get the office to push thru their Marxist plans.)
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To: NRA2BFree

So if you give your girlfriend cabfare home (or buy her a plane ticket for a long distance relationship), is that a crime?

At what point is the crime of extra-marital (unmarried or adulterous) fornication “prostitution”?

Jewelry and a meal count as “payment”? It does when we consider the bribes given by lobbyists to politicians.


26 posted on 03/11/2008 12:22:06 PM PDT by weegee (I hold out HOPE that neither Obama or Clinton will get the office to push thru their Marxist plans.)
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To: Islander7
Because he used his best friend’s name!!

Yeah, but he's a repeat customer and he isn't using his friend's face. Spitzer has got to know he'll be recognized. The prostitute was from the state where he is Governor and everyone knows what their Governor looks like.

I think there has to be some interesting explanation for the mutual trust among those who would seem to have a reason to totally distrust each other. I suspect that those who have been arrested are the day-to-day operators of the enterprise and that Spitzer is cozy with their boss.

I don't think Spitzer would use his friend's name unless there was a specific reason. That is probably the guy who sponsored Spitzer for membership and they refer to the john by the person who authorized the service. I think his friend's company could be a Soros spin-off.

27 posted on 03/11/2008 12:49:11 PM PDT by Perchant
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To: Perchant
Why wouldn't this prostitution ring be extremely leery of allowing Spitzer to utilize their services when he had a history of putting people like them in jail? And why would Spitzer allow himself to be at the mercy of a business just like the one he busted? It would seem logical that he was working for this ring aside from utilizing its services but the transcripts didn't seem to show that. There has to be an explanation for the trust though.

An extremely good question, whose answer the MSM might not want to pursue. Why would a public figure think that his identity was safe? What trust relationship did he have with the participants?

More to the point, did he have, or think he had, a means to ensure the perpetual silence of both the pimps AND the girls, and might that mechanism be more politically explosive than the fact that he was a customer? Given the wealth and power of their customers, how did the service assure them that they did not need to worry about exposure or blackmail?

28 posted on 03/11/2008 12:53:04 PM PDT by PapaBear3625
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“...Yeah, but he’s a repeat customer and he isn’t using his friend’s face. Spitzer has got to know he’ll be recognized. The prostitute was from the state where he is Governor and everyone knows what their Governor looks like...”

I didn’t think this deep on the subject. I saw a post here yesterday that raised the possibility of a Mossad connection with the operators. We will probably never know all the datails for sure. Does anyone really believe James Earl ray acted alone?

I’m sure there are a number of power hitters in both parties who are on the mailing list for this ‘Club’.


29 posted on 03/11/2008 1:29:56 PM PDT by Islander7 ("Show me an honest politician and I will show you a case of mistaken identity.")
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To: McGruff

Just trying to make the world safe for respectable whorehouses.... like the one he frequents.


30 posted on 03/11/2008 3:13:02 PM PDT by PsyOp (Truth in itself is rarely sufficient to make men act. - Clauswitz, On War, 1832.)
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To: Perchant

At first Spitzer seems to have used another name (that of a friend, George Fox). I read that over time the girls became aware of who they were really dealing with. By that point they had him, excuse the pun, by the balls. No way could he do anything because it would have done far more damage to him than to them. They’d likely just disappear and come back with new names for a new service.


31 posted on 03/11/2008 3:52:02 PM PDT by SlapHappyPappy
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To: McGruff

PICS???


32 posted on 03/11/2008 7:20:47 PM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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33 posted on 03/12/2008 8:46:28 AM PDT by firewalk
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