Escaped spammer back in federal slammer
Jeffrey Kilbride, one of the first to be convicted under CAN-SPAM Act, was on the loose for just over 24 hours
Computerworld - Jeffrey Kilbride, one of the first to be convicted of charges stemming from the Controlling the Assault of Non-solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act, was returned to federal custody a day after he reportedly broke out of a minimum-security prison, according to local news reports.
Kilbride, 48, was discovered missing from the Lompoc federal prison on Friday, Dec. 27, around 1:30 p.m. PT, said the Lompoc Record last week. The federal facility is located in Lompoc, Calif., which is south of San Louis Obispo near the central California coast.
By late afternoon Saturday, Dec. 28, however, Kilbride was back in custody, the Lompoc Record said.
According to the newspaper, Kilbride had turned himself in to authorities.
Officials at Federal Correctional Institute, Lompoc were unable to confirm that Thursday. The prison's primary public information officer was absent, and an alternate said he was unauthorized to talk about inmates or their disposition.
Kilbride was notable for being one of two men who were the first to be charged and convicted under the CAN-SPAM Act, legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in 2003 and designed to stem the flood of spam email. By most accounts, CAN-SPAM was a failure, although it resulted in several jail sentences for spammers based in the U.S.
Kilbride, along with a partner, James Schaffer, were convicted of two CAN-SPAM violations in 2007. One of the counts accused the pair of sending commercial emails with falsified headers, while the other charged them with spoofing domain names in order to trick recipients. The emails promoted pornographic websites.
A federal judge sentenced Kilbride to 72 months in federal prison, and gave Schaffer 63 months. The same judge also fined the two $100,000 each, ordered them to pay $77,500 to America Online and required them to forfeit their $1.1 million in ill-gotten gains.
According to Kilbride's entry in the federal prison system's database, he was originally set for release in December 2015.
It was unclear what additional charges would be leveled against Kilbride for his escape, and how that would impact his slated release.
Schaffer, 48, is currently an inmate of Correctional Institute, Taft, a federal prison in Taft, California, near Bakersfield, that is operated by a private contractor. Schaffer is scheduled to be released in November 2014.
Lompoc may be best known as the setting for part of the Elmore Leonard novel, Out of Sight, which was later made into the 1998 movie by the same name, and starred George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Albert Brooks and Don Cheadle.
Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about Legal in Computerworld's Legal Topic Center.
- 15 Non-Certified IT Skills Growing in Demand
- How 19 Tech Titans Target Healthcare
- Twitter Suffering From Growing Pains (and Facebook Comparisons)
- Agile Comes to Data Integration
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
- Pay-as-you-Grow Data Protection: IBM Tivoli's Full-featured Data Protection Suite for Small to Medium Businesses IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery gives small and medium businesses the opportunity to start out with only the individual solutions...
- Streamline Data Protection with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) has been an industry-standard data protection solution for two decades. But, where most competitors focus exclusively on Backup...
- Simplify and Consolidate Data Protection for Better Business Results Learn about IBM® Tivoli® Storage Manager Operations Center, which provides advanced visualization, built-in analytics and integrated workflow automation features that leapfrog traditional backup...
- HP HAVEn: See the big picture in Big Data HP HAVEn is the industry's first comprehensive, scalable, open, and secure platform for Big Data. Enterprises are drowning in a sea of data...
- Meg Whitman presents Unlocking IT with Big Data During this Web Event you will hear Meg Whitman, President and CEO, HP discuss HAVEn - the #1 Big Data platform, as well...
- The New Way to Work Knowledge Vault This Knowledge Vault focuses on how, in today's increasingly virtual world, it's more important than ever to engage deeply with employees, suppliers, partners,... All Legal White Papers | Webcasts