Backpage Chief Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Money Laundering

14 Апреля, 2018, 20:16 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Backpage.com Seized, 93-Count Federal Indictment Levied Against Prostitution Website

In the plea agreement Ferrer - identified in the indictment only by the initials "C.F." - acknowledged wrongdoing, saying he worked with co-conspirators to "create "moderation" processes through which Backpage would remove terms and pictures that were particularly indicative of prostitution and then publish a revised version of the ad".

The seven defendants charged in the indictment are Michael Lacey, 69, of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; James Larkin, 68, of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; Scott Spear, 67, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; John E. "Jed" Brunst, 66, of Phoenix; Daniel Hyer, 49, of Dallas; Andrew Padilla, 45, of Plano, Texas; and Jaala Joye Vaught, 37, of Addison, Texas.

While many have lauded the charges as a blow to prostitution and human sex trafficking, many critics have argued that banning the site, which was commonly used to solicit sex, will now force women to sell themselves on the streets.

In his federal bargain, Mr. Ferrer, 5-7, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to " facilitate prostitution using a centre in foreign or interstate trade, and conspiracy to take part in money laundering, confessing he'd " long know that the fantastic majority" of their advertisements onto back page for "adult" & &;ldquo;escort" agencies are actually advertisements for prostitution.

"Taking down Backpage and obtaining a criminal conviction for the company and its CEO represents a significant victory in the fight against human trafficking in Texas and around the world", Attorney General Paxton said following Thursday's guilty pleas.

Almost a week ago, the classified advertising website Backpage.com was seized by the Department of Justice on accounts of facilitating prostitution and money laundering from its forum.

Ferrer could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine in the federal case in Arizona, while Backpage.com could face a maximum fine of $500,000 for its money laundering conspiracy plea in the Arizona case.

Читайте также: Mark Zuckerberg Asked Instagram to Copy Snapchat Stories

He will serve no more than five years in a state prison under the plea agreement or he could pay a fine of $250,000.

The investigation was a joint effort between Justice, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Joint Regional Intelligence Center, along with several U.S. Attorney's offices.

The three deny the state charges.

Texas state agents raided the Dallas headquarters of Backpage and arrested Ferrer on a California warrant after he arrived at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport on a flight from Amsterdam on October 6, 2016. He called Ferrer's plea "a game-changer in combatting human trafficking in California, indeed worldwide".

His cooperation in the ongoing investigation into Backpage could lead to other criminal charges against individuals associated with the company, according to the attorney general.

President Donald Trump this week signed a law making it easier to prosecute website operators in the future.

The US Congress passed a bill last month that allows victims of sex trafficking to seek justice against website owners who knowingly promote or facilitate the practice.

При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
«» 2007 - 2018 Copyright.
Автоматизированное извлечение информации сайта запрещено.

Код для вставки в блог

Recommended:



Popular

CWG 2018: India finish penultimate day in ultimate fashion
Veteran Sharath has also reached semi-finals in the singles and the mixed doubles categories - as are Mouma, Manika and Sathiyan. Amit, who was chasing his third successive worldwide gold , was beaten by England's European silver-medallist Galal Yafai.

Hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate retired
In the Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific, male and female names alternate alphabetically, and the lists are used every six years. In the US , seven direct deaths were reported, and an additional 85 indirect deaths occurred, 80 of which were in Florida.

Woman who drove SUV with family on-board off a cliff was drunk
The 31-metre drop killed the women, both 39, and their children Markis Hart , 19; Jeremiah Hart , 14; and Abigail Hart , 14. Bruce Carpenter said Friday that toxicology tests found Jennifer Hart had an alcohol level of.102.

Uber adds safety features to app, including direct dial to 911
The contacts will be able to follow the riders on their trip and make sure they reach their final destination safely. Uber's latest effort to deal with rider safety follows numerous past headlines about risky situations with drivers.

Timberwolves End 14-Year Absence from Playoffs, NBA Releases 1st-Round Schedule
Vegas has typically been fairly accurate when predicting totals of Nuggets games, with 41 overs compared to 39 unders. How many games will the Timberwolves win? Appreciate everybody following along during my rookie season on this beat.

Struggling Stanton gets whiff of Yanks fans frustration
The under is 5-1 in the Yankees' last six trips to Boston and is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams overall. Benintendi, who entered hitting.161, ripped a two-run triple to right field that Judge misplayed against the wall.

Instagram to launch new way to add friends
The Instagram spokesperson did not reveal a specific launch date for the tool, but it will likely be rolled out before May 25. The only news we do have for now is that Instagram will "share more details very soon" when the tool is ready to be launched.

Spotify Reportedly Launching New Version of its Free Music Streaming Service
Separately, Spotify Premium would cost $10 a month and Hulu's ad-supported version costs $8 monthly, so $13 is a deal. Spotify had been busy driving subscriber numbers in the run-up to its IPO, as well as launching in new territories.

Gov. Rick Scott Enters Senate Race in Florida, Setting Up Marquee Contest
Anticipating Scott's entry into the race, Democrats have spent months readying their attacks on his two terms in Tallahassee. Rick Scott for walking back on a promise not to drill for oil near the Sunshine State's coastline. "I believe in jobs".

Stop Everything: Kate Middleton To Give Birth Any Day Now!
How exciting is that? The suspended parking notices will run from today until April 30, so it's just a waiting game from here. In fact, many sources report that Kate herself does not even know, as the royals tend to keep that information a surprise.

Tendencies