FBI, U.S. authorities seize Backpage.com in crackdown


U.S. federal law enforcement testimonies are in the process of seizing online classified site Backpage.com and its affiliated websites be informed for listing adult escort services.

A notice that appeared Friday afternoon at Backpage.com holds the websites are being seized as part of an enforcement action by the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Waiting and the Internal Revenue Service.

The notice doesn’t characterize or provide any minutiae on the nature of the enforcement action. It said authorities planned to release message about the enforcement action later Friday.

Backpage.com lets purchasers create posts to sell items, seek a roommate, participate in forums, muster upcoming events or post job openings. It also known for listing adult beaus and other sexual services, and authorities say advertising related to those serves has been extremely lucrative.

Last year, the creators of the website were filled with money laundering in California.

From left: Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer, late owner James Larkin, COO Andrew Padilla and former owner Michael Lacey are testified in on Capitol Hill in Washington in January 2017. (Cliff Owen/Associated Smooth)

State prosecutors in California have said the website’s chief manager Carl Ferrer and founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin illegally funnelled greenbacks through multiple companies and created various websites to get around banks that deprive of to process transactions. They have pleaded not guilty.

Lacey and Larkin are recent owners of the Village Voice and the Phoenix New Times, but retained ownership of Backpage.com.

A decade ago, they were arrested by then-sheriff Joe Arpaio’s workplace for publishing information about a secret grand jury subpoena taxing information on its stories and online readers.

They won a $3.75-million US clearing from county government as a result of their now-discredited arrests.

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