Facebook filed a lawsuit against Wallace and two other men in February for spamming and phishing schemes through the social-networking site. The following week, Judge Fogel issued a temporary restraining order barring Wallace and two other alleged spammers, Adam Arzoomanian and Scott Shaw, from accessing Facebook’s network.
“We see Fogel’s ruling as a strong deterrent against spammers. Spammers feel that they are immune from criminal prosecution. Fogel’s ruling demonstrates that judges will enforce restraining orders and spammers who violate them will face criminal prosecution,” said Barry Schnitt, a Facebook spokesman.
However, judgment for Facebook’s ongoing civil lawsuit against Wallace has been stayed as the defendant has filed for bankruptcy. Court judgments involving money are usually stalled when a defendant files for bankruptcy, Schnitt said.