Dec 2, 2010 7:01 PM by Greg Boyce

Russian man in Wisconsin court on spam charges

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 23-year-old Russian man accused of running a network responsible for sending a large percentage of the world's spam e-mails will appear in a Wisconsin courtroom to hear charges against him.

Oleg Y. Nikolaenko will be arraigned Friday in federal court in Milwaukee. He is charged with violating the CAN-SPAM act by intentionally falsifying header information in commercial e-mail messages and sending at least 2,500 spam e-mails per day, the minimum threshold for the charge. Prosecutors say his network could send up to 10 billion messages per day.

The Moscow native was arrested last month in Las Vegas. He is being tried in Milwaukee because that's where an undercover FBI investigator ordered Viagra through an e-mail distributed by Nikolaenko's alleged operation. Nikolaenko's attorney says his client will fight the charges.


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