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'Godfather of Spam' sentenced to four years in prison
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 18:20

From Computer World

IDG News Service - One of the most notorious U.S.-based spammers was sentenced to more than four years in jail on Monday for a scheme that used spam to manipulate stock prices in order to make a profit.

Alan Ralsky, 64, of West Bloomfield, Mich., was sentenced to 51 months in prison in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, according a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Ralsky pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and violating the CAN-SPAM act.



Ralsky has long been fingered by the antispam organization Spamhaus for sending spam using hacked computers. Ralsky called himself the "Godfather of Spam" and was sued by Verizon for sending unauthorized bulk mail on its networks. Ralsky has also had several other run-ins with the law, including a 1995 conviction for felony bank fraud. [More...] [Comments...]

 

 

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