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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:04 PM
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SMOKING GUN: New DC SEX SCANDAL-Feds Target Escort Service
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 02:30 PM by kpete
New D.C. Sex Scandal Looming?

Feds target escort service in money launder, prostitution probe

OCTOBER 9--With the capital already mired in its latest sex scandal, federal agents last week raided the home of a woman they allege has, for the past 13 years, operated a Washington, D.C. escort service that dispatched college-educated prostitutes to the homes and hotel rooms of well-heeled clients. A two-year probe by Internal Revenue Service and Unites States Postal Inspection Service agents has targeted the Pamela Martin & Associates escort service and its owner, Deborah Jeane Palfrey (picture at right). In coordinated actions last week, agents searched the 50-year-old Palfrey's northern California home and froze nearly $500,000 in assorted bank and stock trading accounts. A copy of the seizure affidavit, sworn out by IRS Agent Troy Burrus and filed in U.S. District Court, can be found below. Palfrey charged clients about $300 per session and split the take with her stable of prostitutes, who were encouraged to "work at least three nights a week." Palfrey, who started Pamela Martin & Associates in 1993, was previously convicted of running a California prostitution business and served 18 months in prison. In a TSG interview Monday, Palfrey admitted operating an escort firm, but claimed that her workers did not engage in "illegal sexual activities." There are "a lot of erotic activities that one can do without participating in things that are illegal," she claimed. Investigators contend that after Palfrey hires a prostitute, she sends the woman to a "screening" appointment where she is required to have sex "without payment" so as to ensure that the prospective hooker is not a law enforcement officer. Palfrey, who spoke to TSG from Germany, said that agents raiding her home would have found nothing since she did not keep computerized records and regularly shredded documents. Asked about the nature of her clientele, Palfrey called the identity of her johns a "salacious detail" of which she was unaware. "I never kept records," she claimed. "I protected the client's confidentiality...they trusted me." But Palfrey did speculate that she may have come to the attention of federal agents because her operation had somehow intersected with a more high profile case, like that of convicted ex-congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Investigators are reportedly examining charges that a defense contractor provided hookers to Cunningham as part of an influence-peddling scheme. Palfrey did not claim a nexis between her escort service and Cunningham, but invoked the disgraced pol's name while saying that she would wager that the basis for the federal probe of her business "had solely to do with some Duke Cunningham-type bigwig client that got caught up in something and started to say, 'Do you know this?' and 'Do you know that?' And that he might have been able to lead them to somebody." Palfrey, who said she started her service in D.C. because "it's a very liberal, sophisticated, cosmopolitan area," advertised her company as featuring women "23 and older, with two or more years of college education, who either work and/or go to school in the daytime." Palfrey told TSG that she shuttered her escort business in mid-August because her female employees were "driving me crazy. They were a pain in the ass to deal with." She added, "It was just time to start a different life and do different things, move on." (7 pages)


more at:
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1009061hook1.html
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lcordero2 Donating Member (832 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:22 PM
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1. ???????
Palfrey told TSG that she shuttered her escort business in mid-August because her female employees were "driving me crazy. They were a pain in the ass to deal with."

I know us guys can't understand women...but can women understand other women?
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:23 PM
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2. She quit because her female employees were driving her crazy?
:rofl:

So hard to find good help these days.

Why do I think this won't make things any better for the R party?
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oc2002 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:46 PM
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6. you ever tried to heard a group of cats?...much less a cat house?
lol.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:34 PM
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14. Jim Hightower says herding cats is easy: all you need is a can opener. nt
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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:48 PM
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7. Maybe it had to do with the Clientele
With all those Conservatives running amok in DC, I'd complaint too if I had to service perverted hot sweaty Pig Republicans.
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:57 PM
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9. They were college students
around mid-August they are having to deal with new class schedules and studying. Meanwhile the horny Republican congressmen are coming back to D.C. after having been home among their constituents. The poor girls probably couldn't keep up with school and non-stop Republican debauchery and starting begging off from their appointments.
:rofl:
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SheWhoMustBeObeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:42 PM
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3. If a client pays money for sexual gratification cops call it prostitution
"There are 'a lot of erotic activities that one can do without participating in things that are illegal,' she claimed."

She's right about the range of activities, but she's wrong about them not being illegal. It doesn't matter if she doesn't get naked, or he doesn't get naked, or nobody penetrates any sexual parts. If he pays and he gets off, it's prostitution so far as the cops are concerned.

I would love to know which GOP pols "Julia's" stable serviced with what were undoubtedly activities geared toward the submissive and fetishistic male. But I think I can guess: All of them.

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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:44 PM
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4. Good old family values.
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:44 PM
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5. K&R
:thumbsup:
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:49 PM
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8. Do you know this woman? Piciture & Map
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 03:25 PM by autorank



:evilgrin: Do you know this Woman??? :evilgrin:
The Pamela Martin & Associates escort service



Go to SMOKING GUN for full story

OCTOBER 9--With the capital already mired in its latest sex scandal, federal agents last week raided the home of a woman they allege has, for the past 13 years, operated a Washington, D.C. escort service that dispatched college-educated prostitutes to the homes and hotel rooms of well-heeled clients.


Palfrey charged clients about $300 per session and split the take with her stable of prostitutes, who were encouraged to "work at least three nights a week." claimed that her workers did not engage in "illegal sexual activities." There are "a lot of erotic activities that one can do without participating in things that are illegal," she claimed. Investigators contend that after Palfrey hires a prostitute, she sends the woman to a "screening" appointment where she is required to have sex "without payment" so as to ensure that the prospective hooker is not a law enforcement officer.


"I never kept records," she claimed. "I protected the client's confidentiality...they trusted me." But Palfrey did speculate that she may have come to the attention of federal agents because her operation had somehow intersected with a more high profile case, like that of convicted ex-congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Investigators are reportedly examining charges that a defense contractor provided hookers to Cunningham as part of an influence-peddling scheme. she would wager that the basis for the federal probe of her business "had solely to do with some Duke Cunningham-type bigwig client that got caught up in something and started to say, 'Do you know this?' and 'Do you know that?' And that he might have been able to lead them to somebody."



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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:06 PM
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10. Watch for some (D)'s to show up next to client names..
This investigation has probably been going on for a long time, and was no HUGE deal until the Foley thing broke. It's probably coming out now because it's a bi-partisan sex investigation...
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:20 PM
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11. LM(fat)AO!!
ANOTHER Repuke sex scandal!!! Ooooooooh, what family values those RW neocons have!

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Rosemary2205 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:26 PM
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12. 300 bucks for "high class" call girl?
I thought they made $1000's per night not $100's
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:30 PM
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13. Why is it okay to discuss this but not the Franklin Coverup?
Of course people get a little more upset when there are children involved...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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