Guilty plea in Spitzer call-girl scandal

NEW YORK (AP) -- A woman accused of helping run the prostitution ring patronized by New York's disgraced ex-governor has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, money laundering and federal prostitution charges.

Prosecutors say 23-year-old Cecil Suwal ran the day-to-day operations of the Emperors Club V.I.P. escort service. Suwal is the second escort service employee to plead guilty in the case.

A graduate of a prestigious New Jersey prep school, Suwal was accused of supervising the company's booking agents, paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars to prostitutes, and controlling shell companies used to hide the ring's profits.

"This is the first step in the process of putting this chapter of her life behind her," Suwal's attorney, Alberto Ebanks, said in a statement. "She deeply regrets her actions. She is remorseful. She is contrite, and she is determined to right her wrongs in a manner that is fair and just."

Suwal is the second person to plead guilty in the case. Temeka Lewis, a booking agent for the escort service, pleaded guilty to similar charges in May.

One of the dates Lewis is said to have arranged was between a prostitute with the pseudonym Kristen and a man identified in court papers as "Client 9," later revealed to be New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

The pair's Feb. 13 rendezvous in Washington was monitored by federal law enforcement.

Spitzer hasn't been charged in the case, but he apologized and resigned March 12, shortly after the case became public. Prosecutors have declined to say whether he might face criminal charges.

Two other defendants remain in the case. Tanya Hollander, who, like Lewis, was accused of being a booking agent, pleaded innocent but has been negotiating a possible plea bargain, according to her attorney.

Mark Brener, who prosecutors accuse of leading the ring, has also pleaded innocent and is awaiting trial. Brener, 62, lived with Suwal in New Jersey.