Kristin Davis, the former madam and candidate for governor and New York City comptroller, pleaded guilty in court Friday to illegally distributing prescription pills.
Davis was arrested in August for selling hundreds of powerful painkillers and other prescription pills to a drug dealer wearing a wire, federal authorities said.
According to the United States Attorney's Office, Davis sold drugs on several occasions to an FBI cooperating witness between January and March.
Davis, 38, pled guilty to one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances, specifically alprazolam, zolpidem and carisoprodol. She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced in July.
The once long-shot Libertarian candidate is perhaps best known for claiming to have gotten call girls for former Gov. Eliot Spitzer before a prostitution scandal forced him from office. But the claims have never been proven.
Davis' bids for office have openly capitalized on her notoriety, her allegations about Spitzer and her made-for-reality-TV persona. But she has said she plunged into politics to promote personal freedoms — in her view, that includes legalizing and taxing marijuana and decriminalizing prostitution — and to provide competition for what she sees as career politicians.
She drew a credible 20,429 votes for her Anti-Prohibition Party in the 2010 governor's race; a party needs at least 50,000 votes in the governor's race to be guaranteed a spot on ballots.
Before she was arrested, Davis was running for New York City comptroller against Spitzer and former Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who went on to win the election.