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Con Artist Who Helped FBI in Google Probe To Be Sentenced

A con artist, who helped federal agents to investigate how criminals exploited Google's ad system to sell illegal drugs in the United States, is on his way to be sentenced in December for wire fraud and numerous other charges.

According to The Washington Post (opens in new tab) David Whitaker, a 36 year old con artist, helped federal agents with an investigation that ended up in Google paying $500 million for allowing ads for illegal drugs from Canadian pharmacies to be placed, with full knowledge of what was happening.

Whitaker had pleaded guilty of ripping off $8.7 to $22.6 million from small businesses and a credit card company in Rhode Island. The con man, who has already served three prison sentences, stands to face 65 years in prison for his crimes. However, due to a deal struck with the federal authorities, he will get the minimum possible sentence for his crimes, something which has not pleased his victims, who lost their businesses because of him.

As a part of his deal, he helped the feds expose how operators used Google's AdWords platform to sell illegal Canadian drugs in the United States. Whitaker is expected to be sentenced on December 2 at the US District Court in Providence.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.