us: King of Spam pleads guilty; faces 26 years in prison

[IDG] The notorious spammer authorities dubbed “the King of Spam” is facing a possible 26-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in Seattle on Friday to charges of fraud and tax evasion.Robert Soloway, 28, had already been found guilty of spam charges in several civil cases — Microsoft won a $7.8 million judgment against him in 2005 — but had avoided paying fines in those cases. The criminal charges to which he pleaded guilty on Friday followed his arrest in 2007 by the U.S. Justice Department. “Spam king” pleads guilty to felony fraud
Robert Soloway, crowned the “spam king” by federal prosecutors for having sent millions of unwanted e-mails around the globe, pleaded guilty Friday to felony mail fraud, fraud in connection with electronic mail and failing to file a tax return in 2005, the year he made at least $300,000 through his junk e-mail business.Soloway appeared at a hastily scheduled hearing in U.S. District Court in Seattle, where he was set to go to trial in two weeks on a 40-count indictment that included seven counts of aggravated identity theft — which carries a mandatory two-year prison sentence added on to any other sentence — and 13 counts of money laundering.‘Spam king’ pleads guilty
Seattle’s own spam king saw his reign come to an end Friday in U.S. District Court.Robert Soloway, 28, pleaded guilty to three counts: fraud, e-mail fraud — also known as the Can-Spam Act — and failure to file an income tax return. He had faced 40 charges.

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