Secretary Suspended for Working for ‘Madam’

 

Secretary Suspended for Working for ‘Madam’

May 3, 2007 – 5:49pm

Neal Augenstein, WTOP Radio

WASHINGTON – A legal secretary at one of the area’s most prominent law firms has been suspended after telling her employer she secretly worked as an escort for the accused D.C. madam.

The Akin-Gump firm is based in Dupont Circle, and according to emails viewed by ABC News, the woman told Deborah Jeane Palfrey that she enjoyed and missed the work. The woman apparently entertained clients, staffed the phones, and assigned escorts.

Akin-Gump says the woman was suspended because she violated company policy against moonlighting, but isn’t firing her because she will be a government witness in the racketeering case against Palfrey.

A spokesperson for the communications department at Akin-Gump tells WTOP Radio "this is an internal and personnel matter, and we do not have any comment."

Palfrey’s business, Pamela Martin & Associates, is said to have entertained 15,000 customers in the D.C. area, between 1993 and 2006. On Monday, Palfrey blamed her clients for not coming forward with "valuable exculpatory evidence" in her case.

Palfrey says she believes the government should charge any of her clients or employees who participated in illegal activities with the same charges she faces — money laundering, racketeering and/or conspiracy.

U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler ruled Monday that Palfrey will get a new court-appointed public defender, but the judge denied Palfrey’s request for a $150,000 budget to hire New York lawyer Harald Fahringer. Earlier in the hearing, the judge rejected a request for $500,000 for a lawyer.

The judge also rescinded an order for Palfrey to wear an electronic monitoring device, but has ordered to her to check in three times a week with California’s pre-trial services.

Montgomery Blair Sibley, who represents Palfrey in a civil asset forfeiture case, hinted that more names of clients could be made public regardless of whether those people have been charged with crimes.

"If there’s a bank robbery you want to see who’s at the scene of the crime, so they can testify to the identity to the identity of the bank robber — it’s no different," Sibley says.

When asked if he and Palfrey are engaging in blackmail, Sibley said it due process of law.

(Copyright 2007 by WTOP Radio and The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Deborah Jeane Palfrey, center, charged in federal court with running a prostitution ring through her escort service, Pamela Martin & Associates, is walked to a car by her civil attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley, left, after Palfrey gave a statement to the media in Washington on Monday, April 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Neal Augenstein, WTOP Radio

WASHINGTON – A legal secretary at one of the area’s most prominent law firms has been suspended after telling her employer she secretly worked as an escort for the accused D.C. madam.

The Akin-Gump firm is based in Dupont Circle, and according to emails viewed by ABC News, the woman told Deborah Jeane Palfrey that she enjoyed and missed the work. The woman apparently entertained clients, staffed the phones, and assigned escorts.

Akin-Gump says the woman was suspended because she violated company policy against moonlighting, but isn’t firing her because she will be a government witness in the racketeering case against Palfrey.

A spokesperson for the communications department at Akin-Gump tells WTOP Radio "this is an internal and personnel matter, and we do not have any comment."

Palfrey’s business, Pamela Martin & Associates, is said to have entertained 15,000 customers in the D.C. area, between 1993 and 2006. On Monday, Palfrey blamed her clients for not coming forward with "valuable exculpatory evidence" in her case.

Palfrey says she believes the government should charge any of her clients or employees who participated in illegal activities with the same charges she faces — money laundering, racketeering and/or conspiracy.

U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler ruled Monday that Palfrey will get a new court-appointed public defender, but the judge denied Palfrey’s request for a $150,000 budget to hire New York lawyer Harald Fahringer. Earlier in the hearing, the judge rejected a request for $500,000 for a lawyer.

The judge also rescinded an order for Palfrey to wear an electronic monitoring device, but has ordered to her to check in three times a week with California’s pre-trial services.

Montgomery Blair Sibley, who represents Palfrey in a civil asset forfeiture case, hinted that more names of clients could be made public regardless of whether those people have been charged with crimes.

"If there’s a bank robbery you want to see who’s at the scene of the crime, so they can testify to the identity to the identity of the bank robber — it’s no different," Sibley says.

When asked if he and Palfrey are engaging in blackmail, Sibley said it due process of law.

(Copyright 2007 by WTOP Radio and The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Secretary Suspended for Working for ‘Madam’

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