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By Megan Cassidy and Richard Ruelas | The Republic
Federal law-enforcement officers descended on the Arizona homes of two former Backpage executives Friday, and a message on the classifieds website said it had been “seized.”
Local FBI officials confirmed “law enforcement activity” Friday morning at the Sedona-area home of Michael Lacey, a co-founder of Backpage.com.
An Arizona Republic reporter also witnessed FBI activity at the Paradise Valley home of Jim Larkin, another Backpage co-founder.
The raids come amid what appears to be a shutdown of the website.
A screenshot posted on the Canadian version of Backpage contained what appears to be a notice from the U.S. Department of Justice.
“Backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized,” the headline of the notice read.