Backpage.com hit with new pimping, money-laundering charges in California

(Reuters) – California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Friday filed new criminal charges of pimping and money laundering against the chief executive and controlling shareholders of the website Backpage.com, reviving a case that was dismissed by a judge earlier this month. The new charges against Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer and controlling shareholders Michael Lacey and James Larkin include 26 counts of money laundering and 13 counts of pimping and conspiracy to commit pimping. While the pimping charges appear similar to those filed by Harris against the trio in October and later dismissed, the money laundering allegations are new.

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