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Another Spammer Sent to Can

July 23, 2008 11:51 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff

Robert Soloway was sentenced to nearly four years in jail Tuesday for sending millions of unsolicited e-mails. He was convicted under the CAN-SPAM Act.

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Soloway pled guilty in March to single counts of e-mail fraud, mail fraud and tax evasion. His sentence of 47 months is less than half of what prosecutors wanted for the spammer, who sent more than 90 million unwanted e-mails in just three months, according to court records.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman likened the Seattle resident “to a polluter who had fouled the Internet,” the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

Soloway violated the CAN-SPAM Act, enacted in 2003, by falsifying the header information in his e-mail messages, making it seem as though the recipients had sent e-mail to themselves.

“I take full responsibility for everything I’ve done. I am sorry for all the people that got the e-mails,” Soloway said Tuesday. He said he continued spamming in order to maintain “a certain lifestyle.” When authorities raided his apartment, they found expensive clothing, including 24 pairs of sunglasses worth $3,724, and 27 pairs of shoes worth $7,412.

Soloway’s prison sentence is one of several levied against serial spammers since the passage of the CAN-SPAM Act.

In April, Colorado “Spam King” Edward Davidson was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for tax evation and forging e-mail headers.

High school dropout Christopher “Rizler” Smith was sent to a solitary confinement unit at the Minnesota state penitentiary in Oak Park Heights in March 2006. Smith ran Xpress Pharmacy Direct, an illegal online pharmacy based in suburban Minneapolis.

Headline Link: Soloway gets 47 months

Background: Soloway’s arrest; other claimants to the spam throne

Video: ‘Seattle Spam King’

Reference: CAN-SPAM Act

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