Infamous “spam king” Robert Soloway, who was arrested last year for being one of the most prolific spammer in Internet history, is facing a significant jail sentence after pleading guilty to charges of fraud and tax evasion in 2005 — when he reportedly made some $309,000 from his spamming activities.

Soloway is no stranger to legal actions related to his illicit e-mail activities. He had already been found guilty of spam charges in several civil cases – most notably when Microsoft won a $7.8 million judgment against him back in 2005 – but had avoided paying fines. This time, however, not only he is facing a maximum sentence of 26 years behind bars but also the prospect of having to forfeit all of his spam-related assets to the federal government.

This is definitely good news for those of us who want to see the spam issue solved. While no amount of legislation may be enough to stop the barrage of spam into inboxes around the world, this at least is a step forward.