Virginia Convicts NC Spammers

Share this content:
A North Carolina man and his sister became the first two people convicted of a felony for sending fraudulent unsolicited commercial e-mail.


Jeremy Jaynes and Jessica DeGroot were convicted in a Virginia court Wednesday of sending AOL users millions of unsolicited commercial e-mail messages with falsified routing information to evade AOL's filters. Jurors recommended that Jaynes receive nine years in prison and fined DeGroot $7,500, according to news reports. A third defendant, Richard Rutkowski, was acquitted.


Jaynes and Rutkowski faced up to 20 years in prison and $10,000 in fines under the indictment brought by Virginia attorney general Jerry Kilgore in December 2003. Kilgore said the state also would seek to recoup profits from the spam.


Virginia authorities tracked down Jaynes through a domain address he registered in Raleigh, NC. The state's charges were brought on the grounds that many of the spam messages sent by Jaynes and Rutkowski were routed through servers in the state, which is home to AOL. The indictments were the first under a tough anti-spam law Virginia passed in July 2003. The law makes sending 10,000 unsolicited messages a day through fraudulent means a felony.


Virginia and other states have passed anti-spam laws based on fraud statutes, which are allowed under the federal CAN-SPAM Act.


Loading links....
close

Next Article in Marketing Strategy

Sign up to our newsletters

Company of the Week

We recently were named B2B Magazine's Direct Marketing Agency of the Year, and with good reason: We make real, measureable, positive change happen for our clients. A full-service agency founded in 1974, Bader Rutter expertly helps you get the right message to the right audience at the right time through the right channels. As we engage our clients' audiences along their journey, direct marketing (email, direct mail, phone, SMS) and behavioral marketing (SEM, retargeting, contextual) channels deliver information relevant to the needs of each stage. We are experts at implementing and leveraging marketing technologies such as CRM and marketing automation in order to synchronize sales and marketing communications. Our team of architects and activators plan, execute, measure and adjust in real time to ensure the strategy is working as needed and change things if it's not.

Find out more here »

DMN's Career Center

Check out hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on DMN's Career Center.  
Explore careers in digital marketing, sales, eCommerce, marketing communications, IT, data strategies, and much more. And don't forget to update your resume so employers can contact you privately about job opportunities.

>>Click Here