Arrested admin of the recently shut down DarkScandals, a large darkweb child pornography site, Michael Rahim Mohammad aka Mr. Dark has been indicted, as announced by the IRS.
The site, which was set up back in 2012 hosted the sharing and sale of pornographic material of children in abusive and sexually disturbing scenes and perpetuated the need for the demand of such content on its platform from its inception until its takedown.
The takedown was facilitated by Europol, Homeland Security Investigations, the IRS and law enforcement agencies from Germany and the Netherlands, and at the time of its shutdown was hosting over 2,000 pictures of videos of child pornography, advertising “real blackmail, rape and forced videos of girls all around the world,” and encouraged users to make their own violent sexual material. The site was available over the darkweb and also via the Clearnet, and last year, Mohammad moved hosting of the site to the United States.
The Dutch national has been charged with Distribution of Child Pornography, Production and Transportation of Obscene Matters for Sale or Distribution, Laundering of Monetary Instruments, and Engaging in the Business of Selling or Transferring Obscene Matter.
IRS Criminal Investigation Chief, Don Fort, shared this about the indictment, saying,
The types of crimes described in this indictment are the most disgusting I’ve encountered in 30 years of law enforcement. It is a special king of evil to prey on and profit from the pain of others.
In addition to the charges levelled against him, Mohammed is expected to return some 2 million dollars he allegedly made from the site and hand over the website domains he was operating on over to law enforcement in a forfeiture complaint recently unsealed.
Acting Executive Associate Director of U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s division of Homeland Security, Alysa Erichs shared this,
“The obscene material distributed by the defendant victimizes innocent and vulnerable people in our communities. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute these crimes, using all available resources to ensure that additional vulnerable victims aren’t exploited.”