Missouri brothers sentenced to probation in spamming case

Friday, September 16, 2011 | 8:59 a.m. CDT; updated 10:11 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 16, 2011

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 brother, Amir Ahmad Shah, 30, both of Ballwin, and their business, i2o Inc., were sentenced Thursday to three years of probation.

The Columbia Tribune reported that the brothers will have to spend three months on home detention and three months in a halfway house. The Shahs and their company also must forfeit $439,820 in cash and property.

In July, the Shahs admitted that they and others conspired to illegally extract student email addresses at hundreds of colleges and universities, including MU. They then sent targeted spam promoting various products and services to the students. 

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