Suspected spam Lord charged.
In the USAs first case under specific anti-spam laws, two North
Carolina men have been indicted in Virginia for four charges of sending
forged bulk email. If found guilty of all charges they could each face
up to 20 years in jail, and fines reaching $10,000. One of the men,
Jeremy Jaynes, is said to use the alias Gavon Stubberfield--Stubberfield
has been rated by anti-spam activists as the eighth most prolific
spammer in the world. Jaynes, 29, and his alleged accomplice, Richard
Rutowski, are said by Virginia officials to have disguised their
identities when sending thousands of emails in July and August 2003.
Violating Virginia law, their emails--which advertised low interest
mortgages, penny stocks and internet browsing software--are alleged to
have used false return addresses and routing information. The
indictments were returned by grand jury in Loudoun County, Virginia,
based on Virginia's state anti-spam law which took effect on 1 July
2003. According to Virginia Attorney General Jerry W Kilgore, the
America Online (AOL) network, headquartered in Loudoun County, was used
to send the bulk email.