Two Men Convicted Of Spamming Pornography

“Both men now face up to 30 years in prison and half a million dollar fines.”   GOOD!

” Two men were convicted Monday of spamming out millions of e-mail messages that included hardcore pornographic images.

Jeffrey A. Kilbride, 41, of Venice, Calif., and James R. Schaffer, 41, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., were convicted on eight counts in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, Ariz. Both face a maximum of 30 years in prison, along with a fine of up to $500,000. They’ll be sentenced on Sept. 24.

The charges included conspiracy, fraud, money laundering, and transportation of obscene materials. The trial, which began on June 5, was the first to include charges under the CAN-Spam Act of 2003, according to a release from the Department of Justice. The specific law that prosecutors used under the CAN-Spam Act was designed to crack down on the transmission of pornography in spam.

“Through their international spamming operation, these defendants made millions of dollars by sending unwanted sexually explicit e-mails to hundreds of thousands of innocent people, including families and children, while simultaneously using sophisticated Internet technology to try to conceal their identity,” said Assistant Attorney Alice S. General Fisher. “This prosecution, the first of its kind under the CAN-Spam Act, demonstrates the Department of Justice’s commitment to protect American families from receiving unsolicited spam e-mail.”

According to prosecutors, in 2003, Kilbride and Schaffer set up a spamming operation that would eventually gross more than $2 million. Their business model consisted of sending millions of spam messages which advertised commercial pornography Web sites. For each person that followed a link to one of the porn sites, Kilbride and Schaffer earned a commission. Hard-core pornographic images were embedded in each e-mail.”

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