The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Robert Soloway arrested

This morning, at 7:30 Pacific time, Robert Soloway was arrested on charges related to spamming. He is currently in custody of the U.S. Marshal's office awaiting his initial court appearance today at the U.S. District Court in Seattle at 2:30.

According to the Seattle PI, Soloway's case centers on his Newport Internet Marketing company, which advertised spamming software and services. He is facing thirteen counts of money laundering, ten counts of mail fraud, five counts of wire fraud, five counts of aggravated identity theft, and two counts of email fraud.

Not too surprisingly, the software that Soloway sold didn't actually work. This is probably the source of at least some of the fraud charges. It would be interesting to see if any of Soloway's would-be spammer customers are named in the case.

This is by no means Soloway's first time in court — see Spam Kings for more. In the past, Soloway has bragged about being judgement-proof. Let's see if he's jail-proof. has copies of the warrant and indictment on-line. Enjoy.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so interesting on how the world misses the real story. Robert Soloway was a center of our social group. He was the guy people would call when we had issues.

This is NOT the type of guy the law nees to make an example of. I know and am aware of his busines; however, I would gladly proclaim the justice system did its job... WHEN he is released from custody with a clean record.

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