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Mountain View man arrested in FBI raid

FBI sweep arrests made in connection to MyRedBook escort website

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.

— Bay City News Service and Mountain View Voice staff

Comments

Posted by parent, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 25, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Mug shots of the perps, please.


Posted by Ron, a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 26, 2014 at 2:44 pm

"Mug shots of the perps, please. "

Why, are we in a police state? He is not even convicted yet (not that I think he is innocent). But I don't need photos. The fact that the legal action was taken is information enough (which can be verified by the site being down as said in the article).


Posted by Mike , a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Wow, I am shocked. I noticed this an that other site. It's called Rub Maps? Wow what is this society coming to???? I checked it out and there's literally a sex parlor near my go to Starbucks!!!!


Posted by Hmm, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 26, 2014 at 4:30 pm

"Houghton Street in Mountain View" Isn't' that where the new houses are that were just built? I see they cater to the rich.


Posted by parent, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm

If the police thought it was important to release the perps name and address, and the newspaper thought it was important enough to print them, then why not print the mugshot, too? In America, arrests are public record. If you are found not guilty, the newspaper should print that, too.


Posted by Zekkular Bulgaris, a resident of Willowgate
on Jun 26, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Zekkular Bulgaris is a registered user.

Good to see my taxes going to good use.


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