Scott "OptInRealBig" Richter's final fine, levied by New York State, will end up costing him $50,000, or about a quarter-cent on the dollar. Or maybe the proceeds of one spam mailing.
Oh, and he also has to stop using bogus headers and deceptive routing and domains from now on, and turn over customer records and copies of all emails he sends so that Spitzer's office can monitor him for three years.
NY Attorney General and anti-spam firebrand Eliot Spitzer made big news last December when he sought a $20 million fine against the self-described Spam King, a figure he said at the time would "wipe out whatever profits he made."
The fine breaks down to a $40,000 fine plus $10,000 to cover lawsuit costs.