Howard Carmack, known as the "Buffalo Spammer," was sentenced to up to 7 years in jail on 14 counts of identity theft and forgery by an Erie County, N.Y. court.
In April, Carmack was found guilty of violating state forgery and identity-theft laws. He had been charged with forging business records of Atlanta-based Internet service provider EarthLink when he falsified the headers of spam sent from accounts opened using stolen identities from two Buffalo, N.Y. residents. Estimates of the number of spam E-mails Carmack sent starting in 2002 ranged as high as 850 million.
Last year, EarthLink won a $16.4 million civil judgment against Carmack in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. EarthLink accused Carmack of using stolen credit-card numbers to set up scores of accounts on its service, then spawning spam from the accounts to advertise a slew of schemes and products.
As it did when Carmack was found guilty, EarthLink was quick to applaud the Thursday sentencing.
"Before spammers send one more spam E-mail, they should remember that what happened to Howard Carmack can happen to them--a lengthy prison sentence," Karen Cashion, EarthLink's assistant general counsel, said in a statement.