Spammers may end up in can

| 12/16/2003

Virginia prosecutors have gained indictments of two men accused of sending thousands of unsolicited e-mail pitches for investments, software and other products, The Associated Press reported.

This is the first time the nation's new anti-spam law is being used to prosecute spammers. Prosecutors said one of the defendants, Jeremy Jaynes, 29, has an alias that is listed as one of the world's top 10 spammers according to, a group that tabulates spam complaints.

Between July 11 and Aug. 11, more than 100,000 complaints about spam messages linked to the two men were reported, Kilgore added.

The indictments are based on the Virginia anti-spam law, which took effect July 1. Prosecutors note that this case is the first spamming case that has brought felony charges. Virginia spam laws allow prosecutors to seek assets earned from spamming in addition to prison time.