Swatter Gets 30 Months In Prison

Swatter Gets 30 Months In Prison, A Washington state man who used Caller ID spoofing to send armed cops to the homes of a dozen innocent people was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday, and ordered to pay nearly $24,000 in restitution to the police departments he hoaxed. Guadalupe Santana Martinez, 31, is the first defendant to be sentenced in federal court in Dallas for a string of so-called “swatting” crimes against people who angered them on telephone party lines. Four admitted co-conspirators face sentencing in March and April.

Martinez pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy, and admitted in his plea agreement to two separate 2006 swatting attacks against Stephanie Proulx, a party line participant, and her father.

In both those calls, Martinez phoned non-emergency police lines and told dispatchers that he had shot and killed members of the family, that he was using hallucinogenic drugs, and that if he didn’t get $50,000 and transportation across the border to Mexico he’d kill the remaining hostages with his AK-47. He used the Caller ID spoofing service Spoofcard to make calls appear to come from his victims’ phones.

The FBI took an interest in the case in October 2006, when a police detective responding to the Proulx call realized he’d already been to the apartment on an earlier false emergency. FBI agents arrested
Martinez outside a Denny’s in a Seattle suburb in January 2007, and he admitted to the Proulx swats, and to similar hoaxes targeting 10 other people since 2004, most of them in Washington state. One victim, in 2004, was targeted when he started dating Martinez’s ex-girlfriend.
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