A story by Heather Ratcliffe in Thursday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch
reports that federal authorities have indicted two Kansas Citians for
running a prostitution business out of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's office in KC. The accused: Laurie Lynn McConnell, 26, and
John O. Miller, 36.
According to the indictment against both, they ran two online
prostitution businesses, called Darc Phoenix and USA Honies, from
McConnell's computer at the USDA. Authorities allege that they placed
advertisements on numerous websites and in newspapers, including the
Riverfront Times in St. Louis and the Kansas City Pitch.A story in Wednesday's Kansas City Star
McConnell and Miller hired women from St. Louis, Kansas City and
Tennessee to work as prostitutes in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas,
according to court documents,
notes that the indictment was handed down by a St. Louis grand jury.
More details (one is a tad NSFW) after the jump.
Justin Kendall at Unreal's KC sister paper The Pitch
, beat us to the story
. Justin tracked down a DarcPhoenix MySpace page
that's been inactive since mid-December, when the indictment was handed down. (The case was sealed until yesterday.)
Here's a link where you can download the U.S. Atty.'s press release about the indictment
Unreal tried, to no avail, to dredge up some of the actual ads that allegedly sullied RFT
But with the help of our favorite excellent Internet sleuthing tool, the WayBackMachine, we did manage to turn this up:
There's also this...
...a version of which apparently ran online in backpage.com
, our parent corp. Village Voice Media's answer to craigslist's classifieds.