Author of the Voltan e-mail virus has been sentenced in Italy yesterday. He got 14 months detention and 3000 Euros fine.
The virus writer got off fairly easily as he had a clean record, and he co-operated with the court. According to the court papers, he used the mass-mailer to install dialer programs which called toll numbers rerouting money back to the virus writer. Overall this generated 104.000 Euros for the virus writer before being caught. We assume he had to return this money.