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Spitzer Aide Found Smoking Gun

When an investigator working for New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer found evidence implicating Marsh & McLennan in the insurance bid-rigging scandal last month, the scene at Spitzer’s Manhattan office was one of jubilation, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Craig Winters, 27, an intern for Spitzer, allegedly found an e-mail soliciting a fake insurance bid, and immediately slammed his coffee mug down and jetted down the hallway. When he got into the doorway of his boss, Matthew Gaul, the New York University law student described his feelings: "I was like, ‘Oh my God,’" Winters said.

The episode underscores Spitzer’s investigative approach: old school. His office is scrappy and low-budget, but as Winters’ discovery shows, it gets the job done. The hallways and offices at Spitzer’s compound are littered with boxes upon boxes of legal documents, and the budget is so constrained that Blackberry e-mail devices are only given to those individuals working on huge cases.

But still, where else would a New York law student want to intern? After all, Spitzer has gone after corporate criminals in the mutual fund industry, among others, and is now taking a charge against insurance firms.

"It's definitely one of the higher-profile New York jobs to do, especially if you're interested in prosecutorial stuff and white-collar crime," said Benjamin Brodsky, a classmate of Winters.

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