Spam King pulls prison vanishing act

Current Job Listings

Seems the Spam King is also an escape artist.  Eddie Davidson this week just walked away from a federal prison camp in Colorado where he had been serving 21 months  for his massive spamming activities.

Davidson was also to pay $714,139 in restitution to the IRS. As part of the restitution, Davidson agreed to forfeit property he purchased, including gold coins (which the IRS is selling today), with the ill gotten proceeds of his offense, the Department of Justice said. At the time of sentencing the judge ordered Davidson to report to a facility designated by the Bureau of Prisons on May 27, 2008. Davidson had made well over $3.5 million, court papers show.

According to the stipulated facts contained in a plea agreement, on July 5, 2002 through April 15, 2007, Davidson earned millions of dollars via his company, Power Promoters. The primary nature of Davidson's business consisted of providing promotional services for companies by sending large volumes of unsolicited commercial electronic messages of spam. The spamming was designed to promote the visibility and sale of products offered by various companies. Davidson utilized the services and assistance of other individuals who he hired as "sub-contractors" to provide spamming at his direction on behalf of his client companies, the DOJ said.

During 2002 through the middle of 2005, Davidson's spamming activities were provided on behalf of companies to promote watches, perfume, and other items. Beginning in the middle of 2005 through 2006, Davidson sent spam on behalf of an unnamed Texas company for purposes of promoting the sale of the company's stock. The company generated its income by selling penny stock on behalf of small companies on the public market.

Davidson aided by several sub-spammers sent hundreds of thousands of unsolicited e-mail messages to potential purchasers throughout US and the world, which messages touted the penny stock as an excellent investment. Davidson possessed hundreds of thousands of e-mail addresses, which he and his sub-spammers would use to send e-mail messages. Such e-mail messages contained false header information, which concealed the actual sender from the recipient of the e-mail. Davidson provided spammed messages for approximately 19 companies, the DOJ said.

Meanwhile another useless Spam King was sentenced this week to 47 months in prison for his nefarious activities. Robert Alan Soloway used a large botnet network and spammed tens of millions of unsolicited email messages to advertise his website from which he offered services and products.

Layer 8 in a box

Check out these other hot stories:

NSF-backed software a shot-in-the-arm for space storm watchers

FTC hammers invention, patent promoters with $10M settlement

IBM: We could make 157 Airbus airliners out of our recycled products

NASA says star burns with light of 3.2 million suns

Solar race cars chase the sun

Efforts to Reduce Flight Delay Hell Largely Fail, GAO says

NASA Doles Out $12M to Study Advanced Aircraft Impact on Air Traffic Control

Do Not Call fines slashed from $11M to $95,000 for Dish Network tele-violators

The Top 20 most recession-proof jobs

Do Not Call Registry gets glowing reviews

Join the Network World communities on Facebook and LinkedIn to comment on topics that are top of mind.
Now read: Getting grounded in IoT