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April 29th, 2008, 01:11 PM #1Man gets prison after hundreds of thousands of spam e-mails
DENVER - A Colorado man accused of sending hundreds of thousands of spam e-mails has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion and falsifying e-mail headers.
Thirty-five-year-old Edward "Eddie" Davidson of Louisville was also ordered to pay nearly $715,000 to the Internal Revenue Service. He was sentenced Monday and ordered to report to prison authorities in May.
Federal prosecutors say Davidson's operation used false e-mail headers to disguise the sender. Prosecutors say some of the spam was meant to dupe stock investors and manipulate markets.
Authorities say Davidson made at least $3.5 million sending e-mails for nearly 20 companies.
Another one bites the dust.
April 29th, 2008, 01:18 PM #2
More details from the Denver Post:
Prison for Colorado spam king
By Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post
A 35-year-old Louisville man who ran a "spam" empire, sending hundreds of thousands of unsolicited e-mail solicitations to computer users around the world, has been sentenced to prison and fined more than $700,000 by a federal court.
Edward "Eddie" Davidson was sentenced Monday to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $714,139 to the Internal Revenue Service.
Davidson — who used sub-contractors to pitch a wide variety of products from penny stocks to watches and perfumes - was indicted by a federal grand jury in June.
In December he pleaded guilty to tax evasion and to falsifying header information in spam, so it could not be traced, that was e-mailed by his Colorado-based company, Power Promoters.
Davidson operated his illegal spamming activities from July of 2002 through April of 2007 from a home in Bennett where he had a large network of computers and servers, federal authorities said in a press release.
Davidson and "sub-spammers" he employed possessed hundreds of thousands of e-mail addresses they used to send massive amounts of spam, Troy Eid, United States Attorney, District of Colorado, said in a news release. The spam contained false header information, concealing the actual sender from the recipient of the e-mail. Davidson provided spammed messages for about 19 different companies, prosecutors said.
Some of the e-mailed pitches were used to dupe stock investors and manipulate the market, federal authorities said.
Davidson, who is free on bond, was ordered to report to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in May.
U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger ordered Davidson to pay $714,139 in restitution to the IRS.
As part of his sentence, Davidson agreed to forfeit personal property, including gold coins, he amassed through illegal spam and tax evasion, prosecutors said.
Last edited by Donuts; April 29th, 2008 at 01:19 PM. Reason: added link
April 29th, 2008, 01:21 PM #3
April 29th, 2008, 01:26 PM #4
Some of his "partners":
Note: Mail drop
Postnet Postal & Business Service
8480 Sheldon Rd Tampa, FL
To many company names to list.
Corporate name "Web Communications" comes up a lot, including AOL lawsuit against him.
April 29th, 2008, 01:27 PM #5
I wish similar fates to all spammers!Peace,
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April 29th, 2008, 01:30 PM #6
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
From July of 2002 through April of 2007. Five years to catch the guy!
April 29th, 2008, 01:34 PM #7
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
- Nunya, Business
I was checking out the top 10 list:
And #10 is right in California, why haven't they gotten him? Seems like they have more than enough on him, unless he's relaxing in some other country or something.
April 29th, 2008, 01:42 PM #8
He's got addresses all over the country and the globe, florida, colorado, ohio, england, etc - he's been dodging for a while. But the real reason is that there's not a global coordinated effort to catch them, some still consider this a nuisance crime. But it impacts commerce to an extent that goes unmentioned / unrecognized too often.
If you look for him, he's not hard to find. States have a hard time doing this, because their reach often ends at their borders. Heavyweight spammers know that all too well.
There are many walking among us, practically waiting to get nabbed. Many are intertwined so deeply in our industry that we know some of them, some have come here at times as well.
Eddie's one of the lesser ones, not hiding himself very well at all and remaining mostly onshore with most of his activities.
I wouldn't be surprised to see some of the networks with blinders on getting caught up in some of this one... even spammers have to monetize their "work".
Time will tell. :-)
April 29th, 2008, 01:43 PM #9
It's nice to see them lock him up but that's probably for the tax evasion charge. He made $3.5M and had to pay a mere 20%. That's just the cost of doing business, not a penalty. The penalty should be 10x what they earned so there's no incentive when they're caught. His 21 month sentence will probably end up being less than 12 months so he still made millions and will probably go right back at it when he's out. Why wouldn't he? Good news Donuts, I want to see more jail time handed out. Real jail time and not Club Fed.
April 29th, 2008, 01:43 PM #10
April 29th, 2008, 01:54 PM #11
The Way Back Machine's archives of the powerpromoters.com site all seem broken, so you can't go back and look at their site:
But this site seems to be an archive of them as well:
They show an affiliate program... hahahhaaa!
April 29th, 2008, 01:57 PM #12
"Davidson, who is free on bond, was ordered to report to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in May."
Eddie's new address:
April 29th, 2008, 02:14 PM #13
Amazon's chasing him down too:
Complaint says he owns planetdealz.com, sellthrunet.com, aolsex.com, aolplaymates.com, etc.
Amazon's going after him for trademark infringement (among many other legal complaints, violating the Lanham Act and other criminal acts), since he spoofed their names and IPs for one of his spam gigs that sent, according to their estimates in the complaint, 73,676,500 spammed emails.
Of course, this complaint goes back at least 5 years, so we're back to Trust's very legitimate and telling question... why does it take so long?
Answer is two fold, our law enforcement agencies are just beginning to catch up to the digital age -and- we're still in the age of infancy online where commercial enterprises may hide their identity. Both of these things will change over time.
We'll be able to say later... remember the old days when...
Already, we can say... remember the old days when spam wasn't illegal and no laws even addressed it... ahhh, yeah, guys like Eddie made a mint and lived the high life back then.
April 29th, 2008, 03:14 PM #14
Um, he's got $3 million dollars, computer experience, and is a known scammer...
Let's just see if he reports to prison in May...
April 29th, 2008, 03:48 PM #15DENVER - A Colorado man accused of sending hundreds of thousands of spam e-mails has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion and falsifying e-mail headers.
No wonder some of those spammers would risk it, since it looks like their benefits outweigh the penalty they are getting.
And who knows if that guy is the one that was behind some of these colorful spams...
April 29th, 2008, 08:33 PM #16
Great read - and good timing!! Ellen and I are preparing to head back to our beautiful Colorado homestead next Thursday. With Eddie leaving it makes it an even better place to be!! Thanks for the read Donuts.
April 30th, 2008, 12:11 PM #17
Originally Posted by Donuts
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
- Los Angeles, California
This would seem to suggest that very small number of individuals are responsible for a significant percentage of the world's spam. All that would be needed is a little enforcement.
So they arrest a man in Colorado and let the Florida connections skate?
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April 30th, 2008, 01:45 PM #18
If only we had his address, so I could sign him up for stuff ( hey, he can 'opt out' every time a magazine/newsletter/credit card/p**** enhancer arrives at his home, right? All he has to do is call each specific publication as it arrives to get them to stop shipping, and return the product unopened. )Following everyone else is a GREAT way to become average.
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