A federal judge sentenced notorious spam king, Sanford Wallace, to two and one-half years in prison and pay $310,000 in restitution Monday after he admitted he illegally accessed over 500,000 Facebook accounts between 2008-2009.
Wallace, dubbed Spamford Wallace and “the Spam King,” pleaded guilty to fraud related to electronic mail and criminal contempt. He began harassing people long before the Internet took off and long before Facebook.com came along.
As far back as 1991 he sent junk faxes violating laws enacted to prevent it. He’s been sued for email spamming and launching phishing scams on MySpace.
He’s been fined over $4 million prior to Monday’s sentencing. And Facebook won $711 million in damages in a 2009 lawsuit. But he filed bankruptcy and hasn’t paid any of it.
This will be the first time he’s spent time in prison. He was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on September 7.
Case: U.S. v. Wallace, No. 11-CR-456