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Famous alumni: Miami’s jewel in the Emperor’s ring

If a client’s got the money, one former University of Miami student could provide the women.

Cecil “Katie” Suwal has been accused of controlling money for the escort service used by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Suwal, 23, attended UM from fall 2003 to spring 2004,

Six years ago, Suwal was a senior at the prestigious Blair Academy in Warren County, N.J, where she ran track and played softball. She planned to attend UM after graduating in 2002.

The Miami Hurricane confirmed Suwal’s attendance in the university’s 2003-2004 phonebook, which says she lived in Stanford.

The Office of Media Relations said UM’s attorney asked them not to release any information about Suwal or confirm her enrollment. The Hurricane also left three messages for Suwal’s defense attorney, Alberto Ebanks, but has not received a response.

Besides Suwal’s Miami connection, Ashley Alexandra Dupre, the 22-year-old woman known as “Kristen” in a federal complaint against the Emperor’s Club VIP escort service, spent a week being filmed by “Girls Gone Wild” while touring Florida, according to The Miami Herald.

However, while Dupre is getting million-dollar offers to pose nude for magazines such as Hustler, Suwal faces criminal charges.

Suwal now has three weeks to pay $50,000 after being released on bail, according to the Associated Press. She left U.S. District Court in Manhattan on March 18, accused of conspiracy to violate federal prostitution laws and conspiracy to launder illicit proceeds. Prosecutors say she handled the day-to-day operations of the Emperor’s Club VIP, which was conceived in December 2004 according to the federal complaint

The FBI busted the agency on March 6, accusing 62-year-old Mark Brener of the same charges as Suwal. She and Brener were associates and roommates.

Suwal had taken in more than $1 million by charging clients as much as $5,500 per hour for appointments with prostitutes in major cities across the United States and Europe, authorities said. She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Erika Capek may be contacted at e.capek@umiami.edu.

April 28, 2008

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