Soloway used the networks of compromised computers to send out unsolicited bulk e-mails urging people to use his Internet marketing company to advertise their products, authorities said.Soloway's work allowed him to live in a "ritzy apartment" and to drive "an expensive Mercedes convertible," according to one of the prosecutors. However, he was hit last week with a 35-count indictment that charged him with mail fraud, wire fraud, e-mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering. The accused pleaded not guilty to all charges yesterday afternoon, but if convicted, he could face "decades" in prison. (Thanks to TR reader Eric for the link.)
People who clicked on a link in the e-mail were directed to his Web site. There, Soloway advertised his ability to send out as many as 20 million e-mail advertisements over 15 days for $495, the indictment said.