Spammer Sentenced to 9 Years in Jail

Share this article:
A U.S. court sentenced a Virginia man, thought to be the eighth most prolific spammer in the world, to nine years in jail, according to wire reports Friday.


Prosecutors said Jeremy Jaynes used the Internet to peddle pornography and sham products and services such as a "FedEx refund processor," according to The Associated Press. Thousands of people fell for his scams, and prosecutors said Jaynes' operation grossed up to $750,000 a month, the AP said.


Jaynes, 30, and his sister Jessica DeGroot were convicted in a Virginia court in November of sending AOL users millions of unsolicited commercial e-mail messages with falsified routing information to evade AOL's filters. Her conviction was later dismissed by the judge. A third defendant, Richard Rutkowski, was acquitted.


Jaynes is free on bond while the case is appealed, wire reports said. The judge delayed the start of the prison term because the law is new and raises constitutional questions.


According to AP, Jaynes told the judge that regardless of how the appeal turns out, "I can guarantee the court I will not be involved in the e-mail marketing business again."


Share this article:
You must be a registered member of Direct Marketing News to post a comment.
close

Next Article in Digital Marketing

Follow us on Twitter @dmnews

Latest Jobs:

Featured Listings

More in Digital Marketing

Target Better With Facebook, Sandberg Tells Marketers

Target Better With Facebook, Sandberg Tells Marketers

In earnings call, the COO claims Facebook is 44% more accurate than the industry average at targeting and promises increasing investment in ad tech.

Day One on the DMA2014 Show Floor

Day One on the DMA2014 Show Floor

Sprouting from the Direct Marketing Association convention today were retargeting refinements, rules for breach behavior, and, yes, some darn fine Brussels sprouts.

Customer Identity in the Digital Age

Customer Identity in the Digital Age

Industry experts explore the value in a person's cyber identity for marketers.