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E-mail "Spam King" Gets 47 Months Jail

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3:59 pm on Jul 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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E-mail "Spam King" [pcworld.com]Gets 47 Months Jail
The "spam king" was sentenced on Tuesday to 47 months in prison, with a ruling that the court hopes sends a message to other online criminals.

Robert Soloway, the man known as the spam king for the massive volume of spam he sent out, pleaded guilty to fraud, spamming and tax evasion after being indicted in May 2007. After an unusually long sentencing hearing lasting two-and-a-half days, Judge Marsha Pechman handed down her sentence in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle.

The case has been closely watched because only a few such spam cases have ever been tried. A man named Jeremy Jaynes was sentenced in Virginia earlier this year to nine years in prison for his spam crimes, and Adam Vitale got slightly more than two years for a recent conviction in New York.

Earlier Story: Adam Vitale
30 Months Jail And $180,000 Fine For NY Spammer [webmasterworld.com]

1:49 pm on July 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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:o what a terrible end to it all.
5:28 pm on July 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Simply inexplicable. There must have been more to this guy than his ability to alter email headers. The surviving teenager may know the answer, but I can't accept his solution for any problem.
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Shocking how they let him off - if this guy was locked up earlier maybe at least his family would have been alive :(
6:03 pm on July 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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A good mind gone bad!..He will get a seat closest to the fire...KF
6:04 pm on July 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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He makes the family pay for his own misery brought about by his own crimes.

Sick SOB.

Nobody takes personal responsibility anymore.

6:07 pm on July 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Nevermind. Didn't realize this thread went to pages when I first posted.
7:12 pm on July 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Speaking of spammers and jail...

Looks like "Colorado's most notorious spammer", Eddie Davidson, just escaped from jail:
[denverpost.com...]

Guard your inboxes! lol

This story has an obscene and extremely sad ending


BENNETT, Colo. - A convicted spammer and his wife, who were being sought after she helped him escape prison, were found slain along with their young daughter Thursday in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said.

[msnbc.msn.com...]

I hate it when these people take loved ones out with them... it is sad to read.

3:10 pm on July 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It's more than sad. The man was a coward and deserved his ending. That he took the lives of others including a child and attempted to take the life of another child is incomprehensible to me.
9:43 pm on July 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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We should put this in perspective here. The article says in the headline he was a spammer, which is true, but he is also a tax evader and committed fraud. He is also ordered to pay over 700K in damages. This guy's troubles are much deeper than the fact that he was simply a spammer. What he did to his family as a result is despicable.
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