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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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LEGAL: Man is guilty in 'Spam King' case

Paul Egan / The Detroit News

DETROIT -- A Hong Kong businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal fraud and money laundering charges in a massive Internet fraud scheme allegedly masterminded by Michigan "Spam King" Alan Ralsky.

How Wai John Hui, 50, a Canadian citizen who lived in Vancouver and Hong Kong, is the third of 11 defendants to plead guilty and agree to testify against Ralsky and others.

Ralsky is the accused ringleader in a conspiracy by which tens of millions of unsolicited e-mail messages were sent to fraudulently pump up the prices of Chinese stocks held by him and his co-conspirators. Ralsky's attorney, Steve Fishman, has said Ralsky will fight the charges. A jury trial is set for September.

Hui, who could face more than six years in prison when he is sentenced in October, was the Chinese connection and the CEO of one of the companies whose stock was artificially inflated as a result of the fraud, Acting U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg said.

"The Internet makes it so much easier to reach this worldwide pool of victims," Berg said. "When you combine that with the ability to pump up stocks through sending millions of messages and being able to manipulate the market, that means a lot of profits for the bad guys and a lot of harm to the victims."

A 39-page indictment unsealed last January alleges illegal conduct between 2004 and 2006, including conspiracy, electronic mail fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud. The federal CAN-SPAM (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing) Act took effect in 2004, making electronic mail fraud a crime.

Prosecutors allege Ralsky, of West Bloomfield, made $3 million in the summer of 2005 alone as a result of the illegal spamming.

Wire fraud is a 30-year felony but, under his plea agreement with prosecutors, Hui would face a sentencing guideline of 63 to 78 months.

Also, if Hui gives significant help in prosecuting other defendants, prosecutors will recommend he receive a sentence of 32 to 39 months, said Mona Sedky Spivack, a trial attorney with the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C. Hui will also have to forfeit $500,000 in illegal earnings, she said.

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