SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS SF/AP) — California’s attorney general is pursuing new charges against the operators of a website advertising escort services two weeks after a judge tossed an earlier case.
Kamala Harris, an incoming U.S. senator, said Friday that she’s charged Backpage.com executives Carl Ferrer, Michael Lacey and James Larkin with 13 counts of pimping and conspiracy to commit pimping. They’re also charged with 26 counts of money laundering.READ MORE: Downsized But Not Out, Dreamforce Conference Set to Boost Business in San Francisco
Harris says the new charges are based on new evidence. It comes after a Sacramento County judge threw out pimping charges against the men on Dec. 9, citing federal free-speech laws.READ MORE: Emmy Awards: 'The Crown' Dominates with Seven Wins
Harris claims Backpage.com illegally funneled money through multiple companies and created various websites to get around banks that refused to process transactions.
Attorneys for Ferrer, Lacey and Larkin didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.MORE NEWS: Flames Reach Ancient Sequoias; Crews in Pitched Battle to Save Giant Forest Grove
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