Federal law enforcement authorities are in the process of seizing Backpage.com and its affiliated websites.
The founder of sex-ad platform Backpage.com was slapped with federal charges on Friday after officials seized control of the website and raided his Phoenix-area home.
Visitors hoping to browse the site’s licentious listings were instead greeted by a Department of Justice takedown notice.
“Backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, with analytical assistance from the Joint Regional Intelligence Center,” the announcement read.
FBI agents, meanwhile, descended on Backpage co-founder Michael Lacey’s Sedona home, according to Evan Wyloge of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.
We hope he saved up the millions he raked in because he’s definitely going to need it for his defense.