Jeffery Goodin from Los Angeles is the first person in the U.S. to be criminally convicted of spam e-mailing. At 45 years of age, Goodin was found guilty of sending millions of e-mails that fooled users into giving out personal information. He was convicted under the 2003 CAN-SPAM Act, which makes it illegal for marketers to send out false or misleading information to users.
Goodin is being convicted of spam, and ten other counts that include wire fraud and unauthorized access to AOL accounts and company trademarks for illegal purposes. Prosecutors provided evidence to a jury that Goodin also compromised AOL accounts in order to make it appear as if the e-mails were being sent from AOL's billing department. The e-mails told users that if they did not update their information via a website, their accounts would be closed.
Jeffery Goodin is to be sentenced on June 11th of 2007 and faces up to 101 years in prison. Refresh my memory; how many years of jail-time does a murderer receive?