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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: West Bloomfield spammer pleads guilty to fraud

E-mail stock scam netted $2.7 million

The feds once called him the spam king.

On Monday, Alan Ralsky took on the new title of convicted felon after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Detroit to sending millions of unsolicited e-mail in a stock-fraud scheme that netted him $2.7 million in the summer of 2005.

An indictment charged that Ralsky, 63, of West Bloomfield; his son-in-law, Scott Bradley, and others used unsolicited e-mail to pump up the price of penny stock in Chinese companies to artificially high prices and then sold it.

They reaped huge profits for themselves, the indictment charged, and left Internet subscribers who purchased the stock holding the bag.

Ralsky and Bradley, 38, also of West Bloomfield pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and to violating the federal CAN-SPAM Act, which bans misleading subject lines in e-mail and the sending of commercial e-mail messages that appear to be from friends.

Coconspirators James Fite, 36, of Culver City, Calif., John Bown, 45, and William Neil, 46, both of Fresno, Calif., also entered guilty pleas in the case before U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani.

"Alan Ralsky was at one time the world's most notorious illegal spammer," U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg said after the plea hearings. "Using the Internet to manipulate the stock market through spam e-mail campaigns is a serious crime, and this case serves notice that federal law enforcement has both the capability and the will to successfully investigate, prosecute and punish such cybercrimes."

Ralsky is to be sentenced Oct. 29.

His operation illegally maximized the amount of spam that could be sent while evading spam-blocking devices and tricking recipients into opening and acting on advertisements, prosecutors said.

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