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 Spammer Gets 9 Years in Jail


11-05-04
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(antiTainment) The first felony spam conviction is now on history books in Virginia.  A jury found Jeremy Jaynes of Raleigh, N.C., and his sister Jessica DeGroot guilty of spamming and recommended that Jaynes receive a nine-year prison term and his sister to pay a $7500 fine. 

Jaynes is listed at one of the Top 10 spammers by watchdog groups.  What is significant about this case, aside from the harsh prison sentences recommended by the jury, is that the defendants were convicted of intentional spamming and forging the information in their spams that could be used to track their source (IP or internet protocol address that every computer is assigned when they connect to the Internet. ) 

Prosecutors used an anti-spam law in Virginia to go after Jaynes and DeGroot for sending their junk emails to AOL users (AOL is headquartered in Virginia and is the largest internet service provider in the U.S.) That law forbids the sending of bulk emails using fake addresses. 

Jaynes and his sister have reportedly made $24 million from sending junk email that promoted non-existent products and services such as emails advertising a work from home job as a "FedEx refund processor", that promised the unsuspecting recipients of the junk emails that they could earn $75 an hour. 
 
 

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