A New Hampshire woman is facing up to 15 years in prison for violating the CAN SPAM Act after taking a Monday guilty plea to sending bulk pornographic spam e-mails.

According to the Department of Justice (DoJ), Jennifer R. Clason, 33, created and transmitted the spam on behalf of Jeffrey A. Kilbride, 39, of Venice, Calif., and James R. Schaffer, 39, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., who are also facing federal charges.

The DoJ said the smut spam operation generated more than 600,000 complaints from America Online users between January and June of 2004.

Clason agreed to forfeit money obtained in the commission of the crimes and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for each of the two spamming and one criminal conspiracy offenses.

The indictment also charged Kilbride and Schaffer with two counts of interstate transportation of obscene material using an interactive computer service, two counts of interstate transportation of obscene material for the purpose of sale or distribution and one count of money laundering.

Schaffer was also charged with one count of operating three pornographic Internet Web sites without including required statements describing the location of identification and other records for the performers portrayed in the Web sites, as is required by federal law.

The indictment further alleges that the spam sent by the defendants advertised pornographic Internet Web sites in order to earn commissions for directing Internet traffic to these sites.

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