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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Spam King Hasn't Left Yet

The man accused of creating and sending out millions of spam emails to millions of people who was arrested May 30th appeared in a Seattle court yesterday and asked for bail. Are you kidding me? What? So he could get out and email more spam? HA! The judge saw through that ploy and denied him bail. He is to stay in jail until his court date Aug 6th. The reason for denial was because he had few ties in Washington state and many in Sweden where he is from originally.

The judge in the case, US. Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue stated "These are allegations of cyber crimes that have no geographical borders. It's just as easy to continue these actions in Sweden as it is in the United States." Way to go, Judge!

Robert Soloway, nicknamed the "Spam King", has been charged with 35 counts including mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft. He could actually get up to 20 years in prison for all of this. Thing is, this is more or less a test case since no one has ever gotten caught doing this much cyber-theft and cyber-spamming.

This guy is bad news all right. In court yesterday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Warma said that Soloway told his customers who tried to get refunds that he would take them to a collection agency and ruin their credit. Nice guy. Ah but that's not all. He made it so that people were unable to opt-out of his spam list, costing them a lot of time and money. Nice guys like that need to have some time in prison. One more thing. Apparently the Judge could see though this guy's plans since he said that Soloway seemed to have no interest in abiding by the court's rulings. Oh, I get it. Soloway doesn't play well with others. Got it.