NEW YORK (AP) _ An America Online software engineer was charged Wednesday with harvesting a list of 92 million customer screen names that was eventually used to send spam.

Jason Smathers, 24, was arrested at his home in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., authorities in New York said.

Smathers, working at AOL offices in Dulles, Va., stole the list of screen names and sold it to another man, Sean Dunaway, of Las Vegas, who repeatedly sold the list to spammers, federal prosecutors said in a criminal complaint.

Dunaway, 21, also was arrested at his home Wednesday, authorities said.

Both men were charged with conspiracy. Their lawyers could not immediately be located for comment.

Smathers was fired Wednesday, an AOL spokesman said. Dunaway did not work for the company.

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