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'Buffalo Spammer' sentenced

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Buffalo, N.Y.—Howard Carmack, nicknamed the "Buffalo Spammer," was sentenced Thursday in an Erie County court to 3 1/2 to seven years in prison on 12 counts of identity theft and forgery.

"We're pleased with the verdict and the sentence," Brad Maione, a spokesman for New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, said in an interview. "Hopefully, it will prove to be a deterrent for those seeking to steal identities to send spam."

Carmack was convicted in April for sending 850 million e-mails through accounts he opened using stolen identities. It was the first case prosecuted by the attorney general's office under New York's identity theft statute.

Earthlink, one of the major Internet Service Providers, won a civil suit against Carmack in May 2003, resulting in a $16 million award to the ISP.

—Carol Krol

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