FARGO (KFGO) – An Oakes, ND man was arrested there this morning by the FBI and charged in federal court with five crimes involving computer fraud and abuse, extortion, and harassment.
50-year-old Thomas Dorsher, also known as Scammerblaster, faces a maximum of 32 years in prison and over a million dollars in fines for his role in a conspiracy to levy threats at and launch computerized attacks on three Utah-based companies with the goal of overwhelming and disabling their servers.
The indictment claims Dorsher ran the criminal operation out of his basement in Oakes.
Dorsher called the charges against him “bogus” during his initial appearance at the federal courthouse in Fargo this morning. He will remain in custody until at least Tuesday, when a detention hearing is scheduled.
In July of this year, the FCC proposed an over $116 million fine against Dorsher in a related and complex robocall “traffic-pumping” scheme.