Friday, February 23, 2007

Spitzer Steamrolls In Cyberspace

Liz Benjamin Capitol Confidential

yikes..I wonder who else has a blog with Spitzer's name in it???? hmmmmmmm :-) andy

Gov. Eliot Spitzer has started legal proceedings to take the domain names eliotspitzer.com and eliotspitzer.org away from Eric Keller, a New Jersey resident who appears to have something of a spotty past.
Hat tip to
Workbench for having this first, as far as I can tell, and to Urban Elephants for picking up on it.

"New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer appears to have begun legal proceedings to take the domain names eliotspitzer.com and eliotspitzer.org away from Eric Keller, a New Jersey online candy retailer who registered them in 2001.
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Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) arbitration began today regarding the domains at the National Arbitration Forum. Arbitrators will decide whether the domains were registered and used in bad faith, whether Keller has legitimate rights in the names, and whether Spitzer has used his name as a trademark in commerce. He must prevail on all three to take the domains."

"On Dec. 5, Keller was indicted by the Department of Justice on 10 counts of mail fraud for allegedly bilking UPS out of charges for candy shipments:
From September 22, 2001 through February 2005, Keller created a series of bogus UPS shipping accounts for the purpose of shipping candy to ebulkcandy customers, and failed to pay UPS for the shipping. The indictment alleges that at the time Keller opened the UPS accounts, he had no intention of paying UPS for shipping services. According to the charges, defendant Eric Keller defrauded UPS of approximately $154,581.
He faces up to 200 years imprisonment and a $2.5 million fine."


A reader comments "I wouldn't f**k with Elliot Spitzer if I were him '....I agree totally.....andy

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