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Ex-AOL Employee Given 15 Months For Spam

Former America Online employee Jason Smathers was sentenced to 15 months in prison Wednesday for participating in a spam ring. Smathers pleaded guilty in New York federal district court to conspiracy in February, based on charges that he sold a list of 92 million AOL screen names to Sean Dunaway, who allegedly sent gambling-related spam to AOL subscribers.

--Wendy Davis

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