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Super Affiliate Shawn Hogan Sentenced to Federal Prison

Super Affiliate Shawn Hogan Sentenced to Federal Prison

As Mal Campbell reported in his blog InternetCodex this morning, and as I predicted last May, Shawn Hogan has been sentenced to 6 months in Federal Prison for his participating in a cookie stuffing scam against eBay that netted over $28 Million.

According to federal documents, that are included below, he must surrender himself on July 14th, 2014 to start his vacation in the federal prison facilities at Lompoc California. After that he will be required to spend an additional 5 months in a group home with other prisoners and then be on supervised release (probation) for another three years.

He will be required to abide by normal rules of probation, including giving DNA samples but because of the special circumstances of his arrest and imprisonment will be required to:

1)   Refrain from opening a line of credit or getting a credit card.
2)   Provide all financial information to the federal government
3)   Allow the feds to search his home and offices at any time.
4)   Only use approved computers and ISPs.

So, on July 14th he will start his stay at the luxurious Lompoc federal prison along with other non-violent and drug offenders. This low security prison is often described as “Club Fed” since it has a softball field, soccer field, tennis courts, basketball courts and even a track.

However, life wont be perfect. He will be spending time in a large room with other prisoners in a public dorm facility. While there are other prisoners with similar situations, many are also convicted drug dealers and illegal aliens from outside the US. According to one prisoner who spent time in the same facility:

There was quite a variety of prisoners in Lompoc FCI. There was everything from murderers, who had worked their way down to low security status over the years, to corporate criminals, to ruthless thugs and gang members. I couldn’t believe some of the tattoos some of those guys had. Not only were there guys with their arms sleeved in tattoos, their neck and head would be covered in them too! I even saw guys with tattoos on their face. There was this one Hispanic guy from the 18th St. gang in Los Angeles that had a big “18” on his face, each letter covering half of his face.

One day, fights started breaking out here and there between the Norteños and Sureños. A group of Norteños would jump a Sureño here, some Sureños would jump a Norteño over there; and all of the Norteños were rounded up and confined in solitary confinement for their own protection. Even across the street, at the medium security prison, the two gangs were at war. I think it actually started over there, and word got to our facility about what was happening; so fights started occurring at the FCI as well.

Let’s just say that many prisoners will not be impressed with Shawn Hogan’s status as an internet warrior.

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Pace Lattin is one of the top experts in interactive advertising, affiliate marketing. Pace Lattin is known for his dedication to ethics in marketing, and focus on compliance and fraud in the industry, and has written numerous articles for publications from MediaPost, ClickZ, ADOTAS and his own blogs.

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  1. It is funny, how bright people (or so it seems) never think about the end of the line. Very few people get away with criminal actively… because they can not stop doing it after they experience Easy Money. It is very hard to go back to working hard for a fraction of the same profits.

    The very few who do not get caught, quit after a short period. And invest their profits into legit investments.

    Note: I do Not condone illegals actively!

  2. The info/quote about Lompoc FCI isn’t entirely relevant (court doc says camp, not FCI). Lompoc FCI is a different (but adjacent) facility. There is also a USP facility, which is also not the camp.

    USP = medium/high security
    FCI = low
    camp/FCC = minimum

  3. Having just been released from a prison full of gang members, I can assure you that people love hearing stories about Internet exploits, particularly when they are super profitable like Shawn’s. He took $28mil and got a 25k fine and six months in prison, which is not a bad deal at all. Lompoc is actually a pretty decent place and he won’t have to worry about being in a gang war as the Paisa/Latin King wars have nothing to do with him. I made friends with a bunch of people with face and neck tattoos, they are usually amazing dudes.

  4. Wow how did he get that deal? 6 months for wire fraud? That lawyer will be getting some good business. You would think the Government would have given him a stricter tougher sentence and send a message that FRAUD is a serious issue. I would also like to see the Government go after certain other guru criminals selling their make money online (s-c-a-m) kits.

  5. Oh and what’s going to happen to digital point? Forced sale? Government seizure? …. ???

  6. Is there some reason you keep deleting my comments? It appears you only want to bash him and won’t allow a real discussion to take place. I should be able to have say just as these uninformed naysayers have.

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