Sanford Wallace, formerly known as one of the two major Spam Kings after Scott Richter, has found himself in prison after finding out the hard way that doing illegal things don’t pay in the long term. Despite being already being arrested, and facing conviction, Mr. Wallace decided to become a club promoter in Las Vegas, and started selling his services to clubs left and right that had no idea he was facing jail time.
Well, since 2009 he has been under a court order to not access computers without his probation officer, but instead of following the rules, he has been using Facebook to promote clubs in the Las Vegas area, including restaurant Sauce in Henderson which reportedly had a close relationship with him. He would create fake accounts, or hack young women’s accounts and invite people to clubs and restaurans They confirmed they no longer are working with him.
This is in direct violation of the Court Order by the Judge and may end him with additional time in the future.
[It’s] the first time Wallace has ever been convicted of a crime, but it’s definitely not the first time he’s been punished for spamming. … Total damages assessed against King approach $1 billion.
He has agreed to pay back all the money he gained, $310,000 in payments over several years plus will once again agree never to spam. He faced three years in jail, but was only sentenced to 2 and a half years, and might only serve a small part of it. The DOJ happily shared:
in restitution for sending millions of spam messages to Facebook users and disobeying a court order not to access Facebook. [It’s] in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1037(a)(1) and (b)(2)(A); and…18 U.S.C. § 401(3). Wallace illegally obtained, stored, and exploited Facebook user account information. [He] created an automated process to sign into a Facebook user’s account, retrieve a list of all of the user’s friends, and then send a message to each of [them. … He] will begin serving the sentence on September 7, 2016.
Mr. Wallace had made a name for himself in the Vegas not only for promoting clubs with fake Facebook accounts, but using the accounts to harass and intimidate young women who wouldn’t date him. Luckily the next two years will give him time to think properly about his actions.
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