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Reward Offered for Porn Site Fugitive

June 01, 2001|Joseph Menn

Online porn portal Sex.com offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of fugitive Stephen Michael Cohen, the former Orange County businessman who hijacked the lucrative Web address for five years.

Cohen forged a letter to Internet registrar Network Solutions in 1995 to gain control of the domain name, then turned it into a hard-core site that was among the Web's biggest moneymakers, according to records in the long-running legal fight that followed.

A federal judge returned the address to San Francisco entrepreneur Gary Kremen last year and in April ordered Cohen to pay Kremen $40 million in actual damages and $25 million in punitive damages.

The judge also ordered Cohen arrested for contempt of court, but Cohen has moved his money offshore and has been living in Tijuana.

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