Spammer May Spend A Quarter Century In Jail

    March 17, 2008

Ever think about how many minutes or hours of your life you’ve lost to spam messages?  As punishment for sending some of them to you, Robert Soloway may get locked up for 26 years.

Soloway, the so-called "King of Spam," pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and tax evasion on Friday.  In addition to jail time, he faces heavy fines, and having previously lost lawsuits filed by Microsoft and the owner of an Oklahoma ISP, it would appear the spammer’s nearing the end of his rope.

Mike Carter contributed to this image by reporting on the laughable state of Soloway’s finances.  "Soloway does not have a lot of assets for the government to seize.  Among the items [U.S. District Court Judge] Pechman will be asked to consider for forfeiture are Soloway’s collection of 24 pairs of sunglasses, valued at more than $3,700; 27 pairs of shoes, worth more than $7,400; and clothing worth about $14,200."

Sentencing should occur on June 20th, so we’ll have to wait a few months in order to see whether a handful of clothing or a solid third of Soloway’s life will be taken away.

If the second option becomes reality, we’re hoping some spammers will take it as a sign they should either retire or find a new profession.