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Originally published at customerservant.com. You can comment here or there.

I’d like to think this will serve as a detourant to other spammers, but I don’t think so.
I’ve contemplated publishing the email addresses and IPs of comment spammers, but that would probably do no good either.
I think spamming should be a capital offense.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006; Posted: 11:14 a.m. EST (16:14 GMT)

Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — The main defendant in America’s first
prosecution under a 2004 federal anti-spam law pleaded guilty Tuesday
to
three felony charges, federal prosecutors said.

Daniel J. Lin, 30, of West Bloomfield Township faces nearly five years
in
prison and a fine of up to $250,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in
Detroit
said.

Two of the counts are fraud charges involving millions of unsolicited
spam
e-mails sent to computer users. The other is possession of a firearm
by a
felon, for guns discovered when authorities raided Lin’s suburban
Detroit home.

He is scheduled to be sentenced May 16 in U.S. District Court in Ann
Arbor.

Lin and three other West Bloomfield Township men were identified in
court
documents as being part of the massive illegal spam scheme.

Court papers described a complex web of corporate identities, bank
accounts
and electronic storefronts used to send hundreds of thousands of
e-mail
sales pitches for fraudulent weight-loss and erectile dysfunction
products.

The Federal Trade Commission said angry consumers forwarded to
authorities
more than 490,000 e-mails from the operation from January 2004 to
April
2004 — more than from any other spam outfit worldwide during the same
period.

Court records show that charges against the other defendants, James J.
Lin,
Chris Chung and Mark M. Sadek, have been dismissed. The four were
arrested
in April 2004.


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