Spammer Sent to Slammer

April 30, 2008 10:30 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Edward “Eddie” Davidson was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for tax evasion and forging e-mail headers.

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According to U.S. attorney Troy Eid of the circuit court District of Colorado, Davidson ran his spamming operation, Power Promoters, through a network of “sub-spammers,” sending messages to thousands under the name of 19 companies.

Many of the messages were attempts to defraud investors on the stock market and to spark market manipulation.

In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger imposed $714,139 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Davidson may have gotten off easy compared to previous wearers of the “Spam King” crown. Robert Alan Soloway pleaded guilty to three spam-related charges in March and faces up to 26 years in prison. He was also forced to pay $625,000 in fines and owes millions of dollars in damages to Microsoft and the state of Oklahoma in relation to his spamming operation, centered in Seattle.

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 that was run like a prison, according to Spam King Blog. Employees “were required to pass through metal detectors on their way in and out of the building, and were prohibited from using cell phones while in the office.”

Headline Link: ‘Prison for Colorado Spam King’

Background: Other claimants to the spam throne

Video: ‘Seattle Spam King’

Reference: CAN-SPAM Act


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