Facebook ‘Spam King’ Sanford Wallace Pleads Guilty

The “Spam King” has been dethroned, as Sanford Wallace entered a guilty plea on charges that he sent more than 27 million unsolicited Facebook messages.

The “Spam King” has been dethroned, as Sanford Wallace entered a guilty plea on charges that he sent more than 27 million unsolicited Facebook messages.

Wallace was indicted July 6, 2011, and surrendered to FBI agents the following month, with Facebook saying at the time:

Today, U.S. Attorney Melina Huaag announced that Sanford Wallace self-surrendered to agents from the FBI. On July 6, a federal grand jury in San Jose, Calif., indicted Wallace with multiple counts of fraud for sending unwanted messages and wall posts to people on Facebook. He now faces serious jail time for this illegal conduct. We applaud the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI to bring spammers to justice, and we will continue to pursue and support both civil and criminal consequences for spammers and others who attempt to harm Facebook or the people who use our service.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Wallace pleaded guilty to fraud and criminal contempt, acknowledging his mass-spamming in 2008 and 2009 and admitting that he violated a court order not to access Facebook’s network.

According to Bloomberg, Wallace was released on bond and will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila in San Jose Dec. 7. The Spam King faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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