Influencer Who Wants to Steal a Domain Name Was Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison
A social media influencer, who forced him to enter a man’s home and transfer him to his domain name address, was sentenced to 14 years in prison. “Polo” influencer, party images of social media accounts of drunk young people were sharing.
Rossi Lorathio Adams II, known as a ‘social media influencer’, was sentenced to 14 years in prison earlier this week for forcing someone to enter his home and transfer his domain address.
In 2015, Adams started creating social media accounts called ‘State Snaps’ under the name ‘Polo’. Sharing drunk young people who party from their accounts on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter, Adams has achieved significant success and has reached over 1.5 million followers on Instagram.
Adams was calling on young people to share his footage with his hashtag #doitforstate. However, because doitforstate.com was unsuitable, Adams opened his website under the name doit4state.com and went after the owner of doitforstate.com.
According to the US Department of Justice, 27-year-old Adams tried to contact the domain name owner many times in 2015-2017 to purchase the address, but he did not want to sell his address to Adams. In June 2017, Adams, along with his cousin Sherman Hopkins, Jr., entered the home of the person holding the address in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Adams’ address was found in the records of the web-hosting company GoDaddy. On the other hand, Hopkins was previously convicted of another crime.
Adams’ cousin Hopkins threatened the domain owner to sell the address to him at gunpoint. Preparing written instructions, Adams asked for the domain name address to be transferred to his account. The owner of the domain managed to escape after being shot in the foot and called the police after repeatedly shooting Hopkins in the chest. Luckily, both wounded survived.
Hopkins was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year, while Adams was sentenced to pay 14,000 dollars in compensation, $ 3,900 in litigation and $ 22,000 in attorneys’ fees.