On April 16, 2018, veteran journalists from Arizona were arrested by the FBI. The two were arrested on allegations of running illegal activities through one of the sites they use to own known as Backpage.com. The FBI also seized the site during the raid. A visit to the site will confirm that indeed this took place. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
There is banner by the FBI stating that the site is under investigations. Although Lacey and Larkin have been arrested on these allegations, they were not the owners of the site at the time of arrest. They had sold it two years later to an owner who has been left out in the whole fiasco. Only Lacey and Larkin plus a few other executives of the site have been accused of committing illegalities.
According to the charge sheet that was released by the prosecution, they will be facing 93-count charges of engaging in illegal activities. Some of the accusations involve money laundering. It was highly anticipated by the foes of the two that they would be charged with sex trafficking, but this never appeared don the charge sheet.
Backpage.com have faced criticism from different quarters with some influential people such as Cindy McCain calling it an online brothel. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The genesis of the arrest seems to have been the actions taken by the two to expose and condemn influential figures in leadership who have engaged in unbecoming conduct that befits their offices. Cindy McCain seems to be angered by the way the two covered his husband when he was seeking a position of the President of the United States.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin also face challenges posed by the political figures they have been condemning through a new site they recently introduced known as the Front Page Confidential. This is a site that addresses matters of the First Amendment and nothing else.
The site seems to be a cause of alarm for many politicians in the country who feel the heat from the work of Lacey and Larkin. It is interesting to know that they were arrested shortly after launching the site.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have a long history of standing up to the powerful in the society. In 2007, they were arrested by the then Sheriff of Maricopa County Joe Arpaio for exposing the atrocities he was committing in the county. He arrested them illegally a matter that ended up with the two receiving $3.75 million in compensation from the state.