The Spam Diaries

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Another spammer in the slammer

As if there's a strange conservation law in effect to counteract Eddie Davidson's escape, Robert Soloway has been given four years in prison for mail fraud, electronic mail fraud, and failing to file a tax return.

While it's less than the prosecution was asking for, it's more than just a slap on the wrist, and with a little luck he won't return to spamming when he's out.

He will also have to pay $700,004 in restitution, which very likely is a slap on the wrist. First, he almost surely has the bulk of his ill-gotten gains safely hidden away and so $700k is a fraction of what he actually made, and secondly, I would bet that the $700k never actually gets paid.

Soloway will be allowed to roam free for sixty days before serving his sentence. The government considers him a significant flight risk, so it will be interesting to see if he actually reports to prison when expected.

Coverage: KOMO tv: 'Spam King' gets 4 years in prison. SpamSuite: Sentencing Hearing.

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