A lawyer for the New York State Attorney General's Office has been suspended after the New York Post inquired about word that she was leading a double life as an S&M dominatrix.
Alisha Smith, 36, had been working as a prosecutor by day and as a paid performer for fetish events in her free time, the Post reports it learned from a source active in New York's fetish world. The office suspended Smith after the Post inquired about her extracurricular activities.
Smith has been suspended without pay, effective immediately, pending an internal investigation, the Post quoted an unnamed spokesman for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as saying.
The spokesman would not elaborate on the reason for the suspension.
An executive order in the attorney general's office stipulates that employees must "obtain prior approval ... before engaging in any outside pursuit ... from which more than $1,000 will be received or is anticipated to be received," the Post reports.
Smith has been working in securities fraud, and three years ago, then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (now the governor) praised her for her role in obtaining a $5 million settlement from Bank of America and other firms in a securities fraud case, the Post reports.
The Post approached Smith outside of her Manhattan home and she declined to comment. Her lawyer, Marshall Mintz, also would not comment.
On Aug. 5, Smith sent out a post via Twitter in which she shared her experience trying to find the best price for a fetish product, the Post reports.
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