The Spam Diaries

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

Sunday, January 06, 2008

The hammer drops; Ralsky indicted.

One of the world's major spammers, Alan Ralsky, has been indicted in federal court, along with his son-in-law Scott Bradley and nine others. They've been indicted in federal court in Detroit on charges of running an illegal spam operation. Defendants are residents of Michigan, California, Arizona, Russia, Canada, and Hong Kong. According to the Detroit Free Press, he could be facing up to 20 years in prison, plus fines.

Charged are: Alan Ralsky, Scott Bradley, Judy M. Devenow, John S. Bown, William C. Neil, Anki K. Neil, James E. Bragg, James E. Fite, Peter Severa, How Wai John Hui, and Francis A. Tribble.

Charges include stock fraud, conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and computer fraud. The government is seeking forfeiture of assets worth $2.7 million.

Media coverage:
Ralsky is currently travelling in Europe. No bets as to whether he returns to the U.S. on his own initiative, or is arrested there and extradicted.

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