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Gold And Platinum Bars Lie At The End Of The Rainbow, While AOL Struggles

In its fight against spam, AOL sued spammer Davis Wolfgang Hawke, formerly known as Andrew Britt Greenbaum and possibly now as Bo Decker or Bo Dekker.  Hawke, we'll call him, unleashed hundreds of thousands of spam emails to AOL subscribers, and allegedly earned as much as $600,000 per month.  AOL sought $12.8 million in damages from Hawke, who failed to show up in Court.  AOL obtained a default judgment, and now it wants to collect the money.

According to his former girlfriend, Patricia Lingenfelter, he buried cash in his mother's garden at the home in Medfield, Massachusetts.  Hawke's mother, Peggy Greenbaum, and her husband, Hyman Greenbaum, deny any money is out back in a Mason jar, or otherwise.

AOL doesn't believe them.  The company produced to the Court receipts for gold and platinum bars purchased by Hawke, and want to use bulldozers to dig through the two and one-half acre Greenbaum estate.  The company applied for and received an order from the Court to dig up the Greenbaum's yard.

The bizarre case extends to allegations that Hawke is a neo-Nazi, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.  His website, the Knights of Freedom, no longer exists.

Meanwhile, the police served papers on the Greenbaums and the digging will presumably start soon.  AOL otherwise struggles for its survival while it digs for gold.

It seems to MIPTC that the better place to seek money for spam would be from the companies who paid for the spam to be sent, not the spammers who figured out how to send it.  But that's just me. 

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