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Country: United States
State: Michigan
Convicted fraudster, spams using hijacked proxies & virus infected PCs and in the past by hijacking mail servers and mail accounts. One of the first people to host spam-websites in China to evade US law. Served years in prison due to stock-fraud spamming, but soon after being released, seemed to get right back into spamming.

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MEDIA: Spam scam nets first conviction

By ED WHITE | Associated Press Writer
5:12 PM CDT, October 14, 2008

DETROIT - Federal prosecutors notched their first conviction Tuesday in a case involving spam e-mail and efforts to inflate the price of Chinese stocks.

Judy Devenow, 56, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and aiding fraud. She said she sent "several million" e-mails a day to generate excitement about the stocks while working for a suburban Detroit man accused of running the spam scam.

Authorities say Alan Ralsky made $3 million in summer 2005 alone by trading in and out of Chinese stocks on U.S. exchanges.

Devenow of East Lansing said she was paid $150,000 to send e-mail and manage others from January 2004 through September 2005.

"I knew the purpose was to encourage people to buy the stock," she told U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani Devenow, Ralsky and nine other people were charged in January. Thomas Dukes, who specializes in computer crimes at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, said Ralsky sent tens of millions of e-mails over a 20-month period.

And that's a "conservative number," Dukes told the judge.

A federal law bans use of misleading subject lines and the sending of commercial e-mail messages that appear to be from friends. It also bans use of multiple e-mail addresses or domain names to hide senders' identities.

Devenow faces 33 months to 41 months in prison, but her sentence in February could be chopped to less than two years if prosecutors are satisfied with her assistance, Dukes said.

"She intends to cooperate as needed" against her co-defendants, defense lawyer Richard Zuckerman said outside court. "That includes trial testimony."

Acting U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg said Devenow "played a significant role" in the conspiracy.

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