Notorious spammer pleads guilty to tax evasion and fraud
Al Capone of junk mail heading for the big house
Notorious spammer Robert Soloway faces an extended spell behind bars after pleading guilty to fraud and tax evasion charges last Friday.
Soloway, 28, from Seattle, has previously been found guilty of sending spam in several civil cases, most notably when Microsoft won a $7.8m judgement against him back in 2005. But he's always avoided paying fines.
Now, however, the man authorities have described as the "King of Spam" (arguably one of the most overused phrases in computer security) is in far more serious trouble. As well as facing a maximum sentence of 26 years behind bars, Soloway faces the indignity of being questioned about where he's stashed his ill-gotten gains while being monitored by a lie-detector.
According to his lawyers, the only assets are a collection of two dozens pairs of expensive sunglasses valued at more than $3,700, 27 pairs of shoes, and clothing worth about $14,200.
Soloway, who is due to be sentenced on 20 June, was arrested in May 2007 under charges brought by the US Department of Justice as explained here.
Authorities dropped aggravated identity theft and money laundering charges in exchange for a guilty plea, the Seattle Times reports. ®
In a perfect world...
...spammers would get caught, go to jail, and share a cell with many men who have enlarged their penises, taken Viagra and are looking for a new relationship.
I'll get my coat...
nice thing about american law
Once he gets out of jail and they can prove that is spending the money which he claimed not to have, he can go back to jail for money laundry. Now if they cant prove the money laundry they can do some thing much more nastier. If makes alot of big purchase , the Gov can say prove the money you use is legit or we will take it. Oh by the way in that situation they get to keep the items till you can prove such Under an upheld theory th at the money it self has committed a crime. Since money is not a person it does not have any real rights
you made the comment about letting the punishment fit the crime by feeding him shitty tinned spam... he isn't going down for spam, he's going down for things like tax evasion which was simply a by product of his spam.