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UPDATE: Arnold has been arrested yet again, this time for contacting a potential witness in the case against Frank Colacurcio. Details after the jump.

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Intelius Co-Founder John Arnold Indicted On Charges He Lied About Not Having Sex With a Stripper

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UPDATE: Arnold has been arrested yet again, this time for contacting a potential witness in the case against Frank Colacurcio. Details after the jump.

Bellevue-based Intelius has already earned a less-than-savory reputation, as Nina Shapiro detailed in a cover story last March. But things are looking even worse for the online info giant--and for another famous local business--now that 44-year-old Intelius co-founder John Kenneth Arnold has gotten himself ensnared in the ongoing prosecution of Frank Colacurcio and his confederates.

Last February, Arnold appeared before a federal grand jury, where he was questioned on whether he'd engaged in sex acts with strippers at the Colacurcio-owned T-bar, Rick's. He said he didn't. The federal government has apparently called bullshit on that. Today, Arnold was arrested and arraigned. He pleaded not guilty.

As Rick Anderson detailed in a July 2008 cover story, the 92-year-old Colacurcio and his son Frank Jr. were indicted last fall on a litany of charges, including running a prostitution racket out of their clubs.

The feds are clearly trying to make an example of Arnold. "Truthful testimony is the bedrock of our criminal justice system," said a U.S. Attorney spokesperson in a statement. "Our indictment today seeks to hold Mr. Arnold accountable for untruthful testimony."

Of course that's probably not nearly as harsh a tongue-lashing as he's already received from his wife. Edwina Martin Arnold, who was also featured in our pages two years ago, writes black romance novels for lonely women who dream of men with overdeveloped pecs and no desire to step out on their wives with g-string divas. If nothing else this should provide good fodder for her next work.

Mere days after his release, John Arnold is back in federal custody after federal agents found out he attempted to coordinate a trip to Las Vegas with a female Rick's employee, reports KOMOnews.com.

Following his initial arrest last week, Arnold was released with orders not to contact any potential witnesses in the federal government's case against Colacurcio. But he was back in front of a federal magistrate Thursday as Todd Greenburg, the U.S. Attorney handling the Colacurcio prosecution, read excerpts from a letter Arnold allegedly wrote to a Rick's employee he'd taken a shine to.

"I don't think it's wise for us to communicate through normal channels," he wrote. "I do have some things that are helpful and important to you. I'm being purposely vague."

Arnold will be detained until at least Monday when he's set to appear at another hearing. His trial begins April 5.

 
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