Reports of Alan Ralsky being picked up by the fed's turn out to be false

Over the weekend several news outlets reported that self proclaimed "Spam King" Alan Ralsky had been arrested by the US Department of Justice on fraud charges. The report came from a individual who goes by the name "memhacker" in an IM conversation with a tech related blog. "memhacker" indicated that Mr. Ralsky was picked up last Friday and was being held under a sealed indictment that was due to be opened yesterday. "memhacker" also mentioned that the spam and botnet underground as well as the hacking community were in fear of Mr. Ralsky making a deal with the Federal Government in an attempt to garner a reduced sentence or outright immunity.

Inquires put in to the DoJ and Detroit FBI field office resulted in puzzling dead ends as both agencies had no information as to having Mr. Ralsky in custody.

Early Monday morning the original source recanted the story of Mr. Ralsky’s early demise. It is worth mentioning that Alan Ralsky’s home and datacenter were raided last year and equipment was confiscated by federal authorities but no arrests were made. Mr. Ralsky is also a convicted felon who served three years probation on bank fraud charges.

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