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One Spammer Jailed, Another Walks

Spam king Robert Soloway was sentenced this week to 47 months in prison for sending more than 90 million junk e-mail messages over a three month period. Meanwhile, federal authorities are searching for a spammer who walked away from a prison camp on Sunday.

Soloway pleaded guilty in March to mail fraud, and tax evasion. A federal judge still must decide how much restitution he will pay.

In other news, Edward "Eddie" Davidson, a 35-year-old stock spammer who was sentenced in April to 21 months in prison, escaped from a prison camp in Florence, Colo., this week. According to this Associated Press story, Davidson was last seen roughly 90 miles north of the camp in the Denver suburb of Lakewood.

Update, 11:18 p.m ET: The Denver Post is reporting that in a tragic turn of events, Davidson today shot and killed his wife and three-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself. More on the story, at this link here.

By Brian Krebs  |  July 24, 2008; 1:10 PM ET
Categories:  Cyber Justice  
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