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AOL worker arrested in spam scheme
Jason Smathers is charged with stealing his emplo= yer's subscriber list and selling it.

June 23, 2004: 5:37 PM EDT

 

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - A software engineer at America Online was arrested Wednesday and charged with stealing AOL's subscriber list and selling it to someone sending spam e-mail, federal prosecutors in New York said. =

According to the criminal complaint, J= ason Smathers of Harpers Ferry, W. Va., used his inside knowledge of AOL's compu= ter system to steal a list of 92 million AOL customer account "screen names," and then sold them to Sean Dunaway, who is not an AOL employee= .

Dunaway, of Las Vegas, NV., was accuse= d of using the list to promote his own Internet gambling business and also sold = the list to other spammers for $52,000, according to David Kelley, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

The complaint further charges that Dun= away later paid Smathers $100,000 for an updated version of AOL's customer list.=

Megan Gaffney, a spokeswoman with the = U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York, confirmed that both men appeared in court Wednesday.

Dunaway, 21, attended federal court in= Las Vegas, and Smathers, 24, made his initial federal court appearance in Virgi= nia. Smathers will be detained overnight until a detention hearing tomorrow, Gaf= fney said.

Defense lawyers could not be reached f= or comment.

The two men each face a maximum senten= ce of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, according to prosecutors.=

An AOL spokesman said Smathers has been fired from the company.

"We deeply regret what has taken = place and are thoroughly reviewing and strengthening our internal procedures as a= result of this investigation and arrest," AOL said in a statement.=

According to the complaint, Smathers u= sed another employee's ID in April and May 2003 to assemble a complete list of AOL's customer account screen names, zip codes, telephone numbers and credit card types.

"(But) AOL has uncovered no infor= mation indicating that this theft involved member credit card or password informat= ion stored by AOL," said the statement from AOL.

AOL, the world's biggest Internet serv= ice provider, is owned by Time Warner Inc., as is CNN/Money.  <= /span>

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