I’m sure we’ve all been on Mugshots.com at some point, but get into this tea! The owners could soon end up on their own site after news broke that two out of
the four owners, Sahar Sarid and Thomas Keesee, were arrested and charged with extortion, money laundering and identity theft earlier this month, according to the Washington Post.
And if that wasn’t ironic enough, a couple days later the attorney general of California brought the same criminal charges against the OTHER two owners, Kishore Vidya Bhavnanie and David Usdan, as well.
The website made a lot of money by charging over-the-top fees to have mugshots removed. According to The Root, fees start at $399 and up! Many have since filed lawsuits against the site, claiming that a booking photo doesn’t mean you’re charged with a crime and the effects from having your photo on the site can be determintal.
“Once subjects request that their booking photos be removed, they are routed to a secondary website called Unpublisharrest.com and charged a ‘de-publishing’ fee to have the content removed. Mugshots.com does not remove criminal record information until a subject pays the fee,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.
“This pay-for-removal scheme attempts to profit off of someone else’s humiliation,” said Becerra. “Those who can’t afford to pay into this scheme to have their information removed pay the price when they look for a job, housing, or try to build relationships with others. This is exploitation, plain and simple.”
Attorney Becerra says that owners have pocketed more than $2 million in removal fees.