Move Over Mexican Drug Cartels – Feds say Google is the new Illicit (pharma) Drug Pusher

Before you get worried that Larry Page is prosecuted for large-scale drug trafficking, leading to a Google shutdown—you can rest at ease — they bought their way out of criminal charges — to the tune of $500,000,000 (and yes, I did write out the 0’s for effect).

The nation-wide prescription drug ring sting setup by US authorities built websites designed to offer illicit pharmaceutical products, and then purchased ads on Google — implicating the company, and several of its high-level executives who purportedly knew about the drug fraud. The Mexican-pharmaceutical-product selling websites were openly accepted by Google into their online advertising platform.

The US Attorney’s office reported that senior Google execs, including Larry Page, “knew about the illicit conduct” but didn’t pull the ads—thereby implicating them in nation-wide criminal drug activity.

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Wishes to Larry Page and Lucy Southworth

Larry Page and Lucy Southworth
Larry Page and Lucy Southworth

This is pretty old news but people still seem to like them. Larry Page and his long-time girlfriend Lucy Southworth are getting married today – 8th December, 2007.

Expected to attend the wedding include both former and current Googlers, plus famous names like Richard Branson of Virgin, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Larry’s partner, Sergey Brin, got married to Anne Wojcicki earlier this year.