Spam. 26 years in prison. Freedom. Priceless. Masterspam.

Robert Soloway, crowned the “spam king” by federal prosecutors for having sent millions of unwanted e-mails around the globe, pleaded guilty Friday to felony mail fraud, fraud in connection with electronic mail and failing to file a tax return in 2005, the year he made at least $300,000 through his junk e-mail business. Federal prosecutors accused Soloway of defrauding customers who paid him to send out high volumes of commercial e-mail or who bought his software to send spam themselves. For $495, customers reportedly could have Soloway send e-mails to 20 million addresses for 15 days or sell them 80,000 e-mail addresses.

U.S. District Court officials say that while it’s unlikely that Soloway will receive the maximum sentence, prosecuting attorneys will use much of the same compelling evidence at his upcoming sentencing trial as in previous hearings. “(26 years is) the maximum under that statute,” said Warma. “But the facts of the case that will lead to a sentencing outcome will be argued vigorously. We expect to have a mini trial at sentencing which will be a lengthy procedure.”
Courtesy of Information Week


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