Remember Vitaly Borker? This was the internet thug who boasted to the New York Times that his online eyeglass store, DecorMyEyes, found a way to the top of search engines by belittling customers and terrorizing them with threats of violence. Borker was busted a week later in his Beaumont Street home office in Manhattan Beach, where cops found counterfeit merchandise, guns, and what appeared to be child pornography.
Borker pleaded guilty on Thursday to two counts of sending threatening communications, one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud, the New York Times reports. The mail fraud and wire fraud charges are because Borker was allegedly selling knock-offs of designer eyewear.
The months that have passed since Borker’s arrest could not have been easy for the internet menace. He was release on a $1 million bond and was confined to his home. The judge also said using the internet was out of the question, and even phone usage was monitored. How did they ensure compliance? The judge tasked a security guard to stay with him the entire time, at a cost to Borker of $1,000 a day.
Prosecutors are shooting for five to six and a half years in prison when sentencing comes in September. Borker’s lawyer said he expects it to be about 18 months.
Upon pleading guilty, Borker said the root of his problem was stress-related.
“I was answering personally about 100 e-mails a day and lost control of what I was saying at times,” he read from a statement.
As for us here at Sheepshead Bites? Well, we get about 300 e-mails a day, and we can honestly say we sympathize a little with Borker. We can also say we know where all you mofos live.