FTC versus Innovative Marketing etc - developments
The FTC announced today that Marc D'Souza and Maurice D'Souza will hand over $8.2 million in ill-gotten gains which is pretty much the entirety of money that they made from the scareware schemes that they participated in, or benefited from, years ago. The money will be used to reimburse victims of the scam.
In what is a pleasing irony, information about revenues, refunds etc was obtained from Innovative Marketing’s financial records for the period 2004 - 2006 that had been submitted in a Canadian lawsuit filed by Innovative Marketing against Marc D'Souza and Maurice D'Souza in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, combined with testimony from Jettis Technologies. Jettis Technologies were the management company for the payment processor the Defendants used between 2006- 2008 to sell their scareware products.
It is very hard for any of the parties being sued in this lawsuit to disclaim profits when said profits are used as the basis of another lawsuit :o)
FTC announcement: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2011/01/winsoftware.shtm