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Spam ‘Godfather’ Sentenced

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Posted on Nov 29, 2009
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The history of Alan Ralsky as a spammer goes back to the 1990s. Before a federal crackdown on spam in 2003, he allegedly was sending 70 million messages a day bearing fake names.

Encompassing an estimated 78 percent of e-mail, spam remains the bane of many Internet users. The man who has declared himself spam’s godfather, Alan Ralsky, has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for his role in an e-mail stock scam.  —JCL

CNN:

A man who claims to be the “Godfather of Spam” has been sentenced to 51 months in prison by a federal judge in Detroit for his lead role in an e-mail stock scam scheme, according to court documents.

Alan Ralsky, 64, also faces five years probation and will have to forfeit $250,000 that was seized by the government in 2007.

U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani also sentenced three others Monday for their involvement in the scheme, including Ralsky’s son-in-law Scott Bradley, 48, who received 40 months in prison and five years probation.

Ralsky and Bradley were charged for conspiring to commit wire and mail fraud and violating the CAN-SPAM Act, which criminalizes large, commercial e-mail messages sent using an unauthorized computer or with the intent to hide the e-mail’s original source, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. They were also charged with committing wire fraud and engaging in money laundering.

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By Mihi Nomen Est, December 5, 2009 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment
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You know he won’t serve 51 - remember the tradition of 1/2 time served for good behavior.

Now that more & more people are getting online.  I can only imagine what will happen if someone - guard or fellow inmate - who is their mom, brother, cousin, or next door neighbor and has to deal with spam.

They might have to change his name to Betty or Shirley.

Instead of getting someone’s inbox stuffed, he might find something else stuffed.  (“You screwed my mom with your email, now I’m going to…”)

What needs to happen is to ensure any assets he’s accumulated as a result of his actions are *not* available to him when he leaves.  Spend a couple of years amongst “common criminals”, then come out and have deposits ($100,000/bank) or in offshore accounts is no longer available to him.

Let him spend the remainder of his life working at Wendy’s, working on a trash truck, etc., knowing he’ll have Social Security and Medicare waiting to take him to the sort of lifestyle he likely looked down at his nose who were naive enough to fall for his crap.

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By Jim J, November 30, 2009 at 7:35 am Link to this comment
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51 months??  It should be 51 years!

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By Howie Bledsoe, November 29, 2009 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment
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Lose 50 Lbs. in 3 weeks!
ehem… sorry.

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