After we have just established that the Americans are the biggest spam generators in the world, we now find out that they also get the harshest penalties.
The state of Virginia seems to be the fiercest opponent of sending unwanted advertising messages, this state being the first to punish the spammers with severe penalties. If in November, Jeremy Jaynes (alias Jeremy Jaynes or Gaven Stubberfield) together with his sister had been found guilty of generating and transmitting a large number of spam messages,
now the sentence has been declared final and will be applied.
A Loundoun County law court has decided that Jeremy Jaynes, age 30, and his sister, Jessica DeGroot (28 years) "flooded" tens of thousands of AOL email accounts with spam messages. From the investigations resulted that Jeremy Jaynes was sending at least 100 million emails through 16 broadband lines, obtaining a monthly profit of 50,000 USD. The spammer is free for now, but once the sentence is applied, he will be able to make Viagra and penis enlargement offers to his cell mates (maybe not the smartest choice).
One of the accusations brought is the use of Internet addresses for sending a humongous number of messages through an AOL server from Loudoun.
The judge decided the postponing of the sentence's applying during Jeremy's appeal. Because the anti-spam law was violated only a few weeks after it was introduced and there are still some constitutional problems, the decision of postponing the sentence's applying is perfectly justified.
The jury decided that Jaynes will spend the next 9 (nine) years in jail, and DeGroot should pay a fine of 7,500 USD for breaking the anti-spam law promulgated by the state of Virginia. The judge was lenient towards DeGroot and withdrew all the charges against her.