Computer Scammers Shut Down

Scott Fillary and Donald Townsend, both of Tampa, were accused of sending more than 65,000 illegal e-mails hawking everything from cigarettes to black market movies.

Florida Attorney Gen. Charlie Crist says this is the first successful case filed under the state’s 2004 anti-spamming law.

Charlie Crist says, “It does change things. I think it makes a statement that when those laws are passed to protect people from spam, it makes a difference. They’re going to be enforced. They’re going to be prosecuted aggressively. We now have the first one on the books. That’s gonna make a difference.”

The two men have agreed to pay $50,000 to cover the cost of the state’s investigation and they could face up to $1 million in fines if they’re caught spamming again.