Brothers Sentenced to Probation in Spamming Case
COLUMBIA -- Two Missouri brothers were sentenced to probation for their roles in a nationwide spamming scheme that involved more than 2,000 college students.
Twenty-seven-year-old Osmaan Ahmad Shah and his 30-year-old brother, Amir Ahmad Shah, both of Ballwin, and their business, i2o Inc., were sentenced Thursday to three years of probation.
The Columbia Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/oQpVLx) that the brothers will have to spend three months on home detention and three months in a halfway house. The Shahs and the company also must forfeit $439,820 in cash and property.
In July, the Shahs admitted that they and others conspired to illegally extract student e-mail addresses at hundreds of colleges and universities including the University of Missouri. They then sent targeted spam promoting various products and services to the students.