quasi in rem

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

The Department of Justice has released a "STATEMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT ON THE REGPAY CHILD PORNOGRAPHY INDICTMENT"


Available here. Regpay is a third party credit card processing company operating out of Belarus. Of most interest is the following statement: "As of Jan. 13, 2004, 37 federal search warrants have been executed, 12 of them on web hosting and credit card processing companies; $800,000 in proceeds from the sale of child pornography has been seized; 160 cases have been initiated and twenty-four persons have been arrested in Operation Falcon. Just today, 15 people were arrested in New Jersey in connection with this investigation. "

What is interesting is the subpeonas that have been executed on the credit card processing companies. That means that they have credit card numbers and billing information for those individuals who purchased those services domestically. Stay tuned for many more arrests coming in this case.

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