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07|22|2008 02:51 pm EDT

Microsoft Ex-Manager Gets 22 Months For Domain Name Fraud

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Legal Issues

Carolyn Gudmundson, a former program manager at Microsoft’s MSN division, has been sentenced to 22 months in prison for defrauding the company out of nearly $1 Million in fake domain name registration fees.

Between 2000 and 2004, Gudmundson submitted invoices with inflated charges for registration fees, billed the company for registrations that had already been paid, and ran a number of other scams on the side.

Gudmundson was also the listed contact for during the Hotmail crash in 1999, which saw 60 million Internet users unable to access their email accounts because Microsoft failed to pay a $35 fee to renew the domain name, which was needed for logins to Hotmail.


Note: Head on over to for more information including the court filing, Gudmondson’s letter of defense, and a post-ruling article by Todd Bishop, who was in court for the sentencing.

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July 23, 2008 @ 4:17 am EDT

Pictures man, ….. let’s see some mug shots


July 27, 2008 @ 2:07 am EDT

That’s some job. Anyone up to it? :D

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