Asshole Businessman Who Threatened to Rape and Kill Women Gets Four Years in Jail

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As it turns out, threatening to stalk, rape and murder women who are dissatisfied with your services isn't so great for business.

Epic cyberbully Vitaly Borker of DecorMyEyes.com was sentenced to four years in jail on charges of fraud and sending threatening communications. He will also have to pay almost $100,000, which will go towards a fine and paying back all of the customers he ripped off as well as terrorized, and is barred from using a computer for three years after his release. Oh, and he'll receive some beyond-needed psychiatric and substance-abuse counseling.

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"You didn't actually put a knife to someone's throat, but you got the satisfaction that they felt you would," Manhattan federal Judge Richard Sullivan said when he sentenced him.

When the New York Times originally reported on Borker's myriad ways of scaring customers — which ranged from emails saying "don't forget that I know where you live" (complete with Google Earth photos) to "go fuck yourself cocksucker...lick my asshole" to the rather creative "I hope you fall off a ladder and break your head" — Borker explained that he fucked with customers to generate internet publicity about his business, bringing a new meaning to "all publicity is good publicity." ("Rape threats are good publicity"?)

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Judge Sullivan said that, at one point during Borker's 18-month-long case, his victims' stories were so disturbing that he actually revoked his bail, permitting him to live at home with restrictions. Now, Borker won't be able to threaten people who disagree with him — under the guise of business or any other psychotic purposes — for quite some time.

Cyber bully gets four years for threatening to rape, murder women who complained about his web biz [NY Post]
Web Businessman Sentenced for Threats [NYT]

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This man is clearly VERY ill and absolutely needs psychiatric counseling as well as time away from society at large. However, the only thing I wonder about is whether sending him straight to prison (as opposed perhaps to a criminal psychiatric ward first?) is the best idea for such an offender with such - how shall I say - unstable presence of mind. The American corrections system is not exactly renowned for its rehabilitative treatment of mentally unwell persons. In prisons across the country, it is not uncommon for inmates to frequently have difficulty accessing scheduled therapy sessions, difficulty obtaining time-sensitive psychiatric medications on time which can mean missing doses, and they often feel too intimidated to discuss prison conditions seriously affecting their mental health with their therapists for fear of staff or inmate reprisal.

In Borker's case, fines and reparations are absolutely justified, but not enough, some form of incarceration is more than deserved, but wont last forever...and unlike some of this nations' mentally ill criminals who don't receive adequate mental health care in America's jails, I can only hope that when this man walks free again he won't emerge a greater risk to society than the day that he was locked up.