Man Faces Fraud Charges Over Google Scheme

A federal grand jury in San Jose, California, returned an indictment on Wednesday against Michael Anthony Bradley of Oak Park, California, charging him with one count of interfering with commerce by threats and 10 counts of wire fraud over a scheme for a software program he claimed to have developed.

The program reputedly created fraudulent “clicks” on Google’s “cost-per-click” advertisements on Web sites, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California.

Additionally, Bradley claimed he would sell the software to spammers if Google did not pay him about $150,000, the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a statement.

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