A Mountain View man was arrested after the FBI carried out search and arrest warrants across the Bay Area Wednesday, including at a residence on Houghton Street in Mountain View, in an ongoing investigation following the shutdown of San Francisco-based MyRedBook.com.
Eric Omuro, 53, was arrested following an indictment by a federal grand jury on charges of using mail and the Internet to facilitate prostitution, as well as counts of money laundering connected to the escort-service website. Omuro allegedly engaged in money transfers to move website revenue into bank accounts he controlled, and was involved in more than 20 transactions to launder profits derived from the facilitation of prostitution, according to a press release from the San Francisco U.S. Attorney's office. The indictment seeks the forfeiture of more than $5 million in money and property.
Annemarie Lanoce, a 40-year-old out of Rocklin, was also indicted and arrested on charges of using mail and the Internet to facilitate prostitution, according to the press release.
A notice now replacing the website said the domain name is subject to both civil and criminal forfeiture, and is "based on probable cause to believe that this domain name was involved in money laundering derived from racketeering based on prostitution in violation of state and federal law," according to the notice.
The website was used for free listings for services ranging from massage parlors, strippers, dominatrixes and escorts throughout the western U.S.
The Voice received a tip at 11 a.m. from a neighbor of the Mountain View residence that was searched by FBI agents, saying that FBI and other federal and local agents stormed the house in the 200 block of Houghton Street. Omuro's residence is listed as being on Houghton Street.
FBI spokesman Peter Lee said that a hearing related to the case was set for Wednesday afternoon in the federal courtroom of U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in San Francisco.