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Ex-AOL worker sentenced to 15 months in spam case

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Published: August 17, 2005, 11:41 AM PDT
By Reuters

A former America Online employee was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Wednesday for stealing 92 million e-mail screen names from the Internet company and selling them to a spammer.

Jason Smathers, 25, pleaded guilty in February in federal court in Manhattan to charges including conspiracy and interstate trafficking of stolen property. He was paid $28,000 by an Internet marketer for the names, which were taken from AOL's database of 30 million subscribers at the time.

Other defendants in spam cases have received tougher sentences. Last year, a New York state man known as the "Buffalo Spammer" was sentenced to three and a half to seven years in prison for violating state forgery and identity-theft laws.

Story : c|net News.com
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