8:35am

Tue December 7, 2010
The Two-Way

Vitaly Borker, Notorious Online Retailer, Arrested

Vitaly Borker wanted customers of DecorMyEyes to complain about him online. As The New York Times explained last month:

"It’s all part of a sales strategy, (Borker) said. Online chatter about DecorMyEyes, even furious online chatter, pushed the site higher in Google search results, which led to greater sales. He closed with a sardonic expression of gratitude:  'I never had the amount of traffic I have now since my 1st complaint. I am in heaven.' "

Well, now Borker's been arrested in New York. He's charged, the Times says, "with one count each of mail fraud, wire fraud, making interstate threats and cyberstalking. The mail fraud and wire fraud charges each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The stalking and interstate threats charges carry a maximum sentence of five years." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.