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    Attention merchants and affiliates: www.regpay.com or www.matchranger.com iserve.com ( porn popup hellhole) who changed name to ConnectionsUSA all were caught up in a cyber sting operations by running shady affiliate marketing and spam program fronts for some backoffice child porn operations. Shady affiliate practices often are the tip off point for finding the greed mongers who play the internet for any and all money making schemes.

    Nice to see the cybercrimes units scratching the surface of affiliate marketing uncover more then just the crap floating on the surface...

    -1/15/2004 Regpay Co. Ltd. (search), a credit card processing company in Minsk, Belarus, collected fees for memberships to child pornography Web sites that brought in millions of dollars, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.

    Connections USA (search), of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is accused of receiving Regpay's membership fees and wiring the money to Latvia as directed by the company. Connections' CEO, Eugene Valentine, 38, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to launder money for Regpay and its principals.

    Four of Regpay's leaders were indicted, and three were arrested over the summer in France and Spain. U.S. authorities are seeking to have them transferred here for prosecution.

    About two dozen New Jersey residents, and 20 other people around the nation, have been charged with downloading child pornography. They allegedly had subscribed to the sites.

    Regpay was formerly known as Trustbill (search), while Connections did business as Iserve (search). Regpay operated at least four child pornography sites from Minsk and carried advertising for other child pornography Web sites, the indictment said. "Today's indictment strikes at the heart of the commercial trade of child pornography by attacking the commercial profits derived from such a deplorable venture," Attorney General John Ashcroft said.

    Charlie warns all the lurkers here running underground Lilita sites and regular sites using e-Gold, OSGold, Evocash accounts your every move is being tracked here and overseas.

    Mike & Charlie ...

    If they won't adopt and feed a bird ..flip them one! BBQ some Gator and remember to flush WhenU..

    [This message was edited by EcomCity.com on January 16, 2004 at 01:13 AM.]

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    The digging into the dirty underbelly of the affiliate industry -merchant payment processing money laundering scams and the online advertising schemes gleaned from the porn industry continues...

    U.S. Agents Smash Global Internet Child Porn Ring
    Thu January 15, 2004 05:18 PM ET

    By Grant McCool
    NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. agents have smashed an international child pornography ring as part of an operation launched last year to crack down on Internet sex offenders, officials said on Thursday.

    Prosecutors announced dozens of indictments of people involved with a Belarus-based business called Regpay and Connections USA, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida credit card billing service offering paid memberships to 50 Web sites.

    "For the first time this type of comprehensive investigation has gone after the child pornography industry from the top to the bottom, from the people who create and market the pornography to the end users," U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie of Newark, New Jersey, told reporters.

    Last July, the government announced "Operation Predator" to protect children from pornographers, Internet predators and human traffickers and about 1,600 people have been arrested.

    Among 15 people taken into custody in New Jersey on Thursday were previously convicted sex offenders, a pediatrician, a minister, a teacher and a 85-year-old retired engineer, officials said.

    Those detained, along with nine others, were charged with possessing or receiving child pornography and ordered to appear in court. Some face up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 if convicted.

    Officials said none of those arrested were charged with physical abuse or with taking the photographs on the sites.

    An additional 20 people have been arrested nationwide and three out of four principals of Regpay were in custody in Paris, France, and Madrid, Spain, and awaiting extradition, officials said. A fourth was still at large.

    Agents tracked 270,000 transactions and have so far seized $800,000 with the help of major credit card companies, Christie said, adding that several U.S. government agencies led the investigation, helped by British and other European law enforcement officials.

    "Money launderers should be aware that they can no longer hide behind the click of a mouse and the anonymity of cyberspace," said Patricia Haynes, an Internal Revenue Service special agent.

    Regpay sold memberships to dozens of child pornography Web sites, including at least four of its own. It generated $3 million in credit card payments between June 2002 and August 2003, prosecutors said.

    One of its Web sites, redlagoon.com, pitched itself with descriptions like "Until They Grow Up ... Get Closer to Innocent Passion," according to court papers.

    Prosecutors said Connections USA chief executive Eugene Valentine, 38, had pleaded guilty in federal court in Newark to conspiracy to launder money for Regpay and its principals.

    Mike & Charlie ...

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    No comments so we must have some Lolita site owners or affiliates here hiding in the bushes. One of the sites caught in the sting had 250,000 affiliates spreading the lure of Child Porn for lead fees.

    Mike & Charlie ...

    If they won't adopt and feed a bird ..flip them one! BBQ some Gator and remember to flush WhenU..

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