‘Spitzer Madam’ Arrested For Selling Prescription Drugs

AP

Updated 2:21 PM

Kristin Davis, the perennial political candidate and so-called Manhattan Madam who claimed former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was among the clients at a high-end escort ring she ran was arrested Monday for selling prescription drugs. 

“As alleged, Kristin Davis sold prescription pills not once, but rather four different times in four months to an FBI cooperating  witness. This type of criminal activity is illegal for citizens, and is especially unbecoming for a person seeking public office in the City of New York,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos said in a statement. “The FBI and our partners in law enforcement remain committed to investigate and bring to justice those individuals who illegally distribute prescription medicines for their own financial gain.”

Davis first gained notoriety after being arrested in the sweeps that followed revelations Spitzer had patronized an escort service. She has since mounted multiple political campaigns. Spitzer is also running for comptroller this year, his first attempt to return to political life since he resigned from office in 2008 following the prostitution scandal. 

According to sworn testimony given by FBI special agent Liam McElearney in support of the criminal complaint against Davis, she came to the attention of authorities after another person was arrested for selling drugs in December 2012. That person plead guilty and became an informant in an effort to get a reduced sentence. McElearney said the informant told the FBI their business relationship with Davis began in 2009. Originally, McElearney said the informant claimed they sold drugs “including ecstasy pills, Adderall pills, and Xanax pills” to Davis. McElearney said the informant claimed Davis began selling them pills “in or about fall 2011.”

Based on the information provided by the informant, the FBI set up multiple stings where they monitored four alleged transactions between Davis and the informant that occurred between January 7 and April 24 of this year. McElearney said Davis was observed entering the informant’s home and recorded selling them over 500 pills on the first three occasions. The pills allegedly sold by Davis included Adderall, Xanax, Ambien, and Soma. On April 24, McElearney said Davis brought another person to the informant’s apartment. This person was allegedly recorded selling the informant 180 Oxycodone pills for $3,600. 

Davis is being charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. 

Read the full criminal complaint below:

U.S. v. Kristin Davis Complaint

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