King of Spam pleads guilty; faces 26 years in prison

The notorious spammer authorities dubbed "the King of Spam" is facing a possible 26-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in Seattle on Friday to charges of fraud and tax evasion. Robert Soloway, 28, had already been found guilty of spam charges in several civil cases -- Microsoft won a $7.8 million judgment against him in 2005 -- but had avoided paying fines in those cases. The criminal charges to which he pleaded guilty on Friday followed his arrest in 2007 by the U.S. Justice Department.

He was arrested on criminal charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice in May 2007. In a 2005 discussion group post, Soloway bragged , "I've been sued for hundreds of millions of dollars and have had my business running for over 10 years without ever paying a dime regardless to the outcome of any lawsuits."

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Hope he spends as many years as he can get. I hate spam and he had a choice in life to do this or not to do this. Face the consequences or don't do it, its that simple.

you can see how america is focused more on money than anything else
if you commit fraud or steal money and what not, its automatic lifetime

but if you murder someone they dont care as much since the murderer didnt do it for any kind of financial gain
what a messed up world we live in i really do hope it comes back to bite you all in the ass

you can see how america the world is focused more on money than anything else
if you commit fraud or steal money and what not, its automatic lifetime

but if you murder someone they dont care as much since the murderer didnt do it for any kind of financial gain
what a messed up world we live in i really do hope it comes back to bite you all in the ass

Fixed.

It's really quite sad to see most people on Neowin jump for joy at this news, yet, when we talk about pirates facing similar charges (as they should), the response is quite different. It's extremely hypocritical.

How hard is it to understand that when you break the law (and we all know a vast majority of file sharing is illegal file sharing), you face consequences. It's about time these laws started getting enforced.

wasnt he already in prison?
And I agree this is crazy. Its the same sentence that someone who has killed has. This is **** ing nuts. How many years a corrupt senator would have then?.

I believe non-violent offenders should not face prison time (definitely not 30 years), but they should be punished none the less. Putting this guy in jail for 30 years is crazy to me while rapists and murderers get less.

"Putting this guy in jail for 30 years is crazy to me while rapists and murderers get less."

in the justice system, different "scores" are applied according to the severity of the crime. the higher the "score", the more jail time the person gets. usually, murderers and rapists are charged with only one count of those crimes (plus sometimes others associated with that type of crime, i.e. assault with a deadly weapon). however, this man is being brought to court for crimes stemming back years and taking into account the statement he made in the article, there was likely a lot of them. he could be looking at possibly hundreds of fraud charges. so let's look at that in a "formula":

(# of charges) * (sum of "scores" combined) = judgement

so you can see that while murder and rape are obviously infinitely more serious than any financial crimes, doing a multitude of the latter adds up in the courts.

(Tha Bloo Monkee said @ #7.1)
Obviously he needs to be locked up because he brags about not paying the fines he's supposed to pay.

I hate spam.

Even so, with overcrowding and a lack of finances in the prison systems... seems like his cell could be used for someone more deserving. House arrest and community service would suffice IMO.

(Slayer said @ #7.2)
"Putting this guy in jail for 30 years is crazy to me while rapists and murderers get less."

in the justice system, different "scores" are applied according to the severity of the crime. the higher the "score", the more jail time the person gets. usually, murderers and rapists are charged with only one count of those crimes (plus sometimes others associated with that type of crime, i.e. assault with a deadly weapon). however, this man is being brought to court for crimes stemming back years and taking into account the statement he made in the article, there was likely a lot of them. he could be looking at possibly hundreds of fraud charges. so let's look at that in a "formula":

(# of charges) * (sum of "scores" combined) = judgement

so you can see that while murder and rape are obviously infinitely more serious than any financial crimes, doing a multitude of the latter adds up in the courts.

that is the most messed up **** iv ever heard
only in amercia

Why does everyone say this? "Close one and more will pop up!" So what, should they just let the spammer make tons of money off annoying people's mailboxes?