2 Nov 2009

Christchurch men sentenced over global spam

8:28 pm on 2 November 2009

Two Christchurch men have been sentenced for their part in a global spam operation.

The Department of Internal Affairs says Shane Atkinson and Roland Smits have been fined $100,000 and $50,000 respectively for sending more than two million unsolicited emails.

The messages were sent to New Zealand addresses over four months in 2007.

The men were paid to promote pharmaceutical products manufactured by "Tulip Lab of India".

Internal Affairs says they were part of the largest pharmaceutical spam operation in the history of the internet.

Atkinson's brother Lance, who lives in Queensland, was sentenced in 2008 for his involvement.

He was fined $100,000 and also faces charges laid by the Federal Trade Commission in the United States.