Ring leader in Spitzer scandal released

23-year-old was released from jail
March 18, 2008 1:58:53 PM PDT
A 23-year-old woman accused of controlling the money for the high-priced escort service that led to Eliot Spitzer's downfall has been released on bail, nearly two weeks after her arrest. A smiling Cecil "Katie" Suwal left U.S. District Court in Manhattan Tuesday, and has three weeks to pay $50,000 in cash.

She declined to comment as she stepped in to a dark sedan.

Suwal lived in Cliffside Park, N.J., with 62-year-old Mark Brener before they were arrested along with two others on charges they ran the Emperors Club VIP. They were accused of conspiracy to violate federal prostitution laws and conspiracy to launder more than $1 million in illicit proceeds. Brener remains incarcerated.

Charges were unveiled four days before it was revealed that Spitzer was accused of being a client, and may have paid to meet a prostitute from the Emperors Club in a Washington hotel room. He stepped down as governor on Monday.

Prosecutors say Suwal, who graduated from the prestigious Blair Academy in New Jersey, handled the day-to-day operations for the escort service.