Eliot Spitzer Escort Gets 90 Days For $400K Blackmail Plot
Svetlana Travis Zakharova, the Russian escort who was accused of extorting $400,000 from Eliot Spitzer, pled guilty to a lesser charge in Manhattan court on Monday and was sentenced to 90 days in prison.
Zakharova was arrested last year and charged with grand larceny and extortion after the ex-New York governor told authorities she tried to blackmail him for money and gifts – and threatened to reveal their affair if he did not agree. Zakharova leveled her own allegations against Spitzer, whom she said choked her – a charge that authorities did not level against Spitzer himself.
She pled guilty under an agreement to extorting a second man with whom she had an affair – and was sentenced to 90 days in prison. She was released because he had already served more than a year in prison while awaiting the outcome of legal proceedings.
Spitzer, a Democrat, was forced from political office in 2008, after he was found to have patronized prostitutes in Washington, D.C. He and wife Silda Wall Spitzer also subsequently divorced.