Bowling was convicted on similar charges in Kanawha Circuit Court last March. Bowling has agreed to pay $4,495 in restitution to the credit cardholders.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey sentenced Bowling to three years in prison, but later reduced the sentence to a year of home confinement and five years of probation. Bowling was released from prison after his friends and family wrote letters to Bailey and packed a Kanawha County courtroom to show their support.
During the March hearing, Bowling choked back tears and told Bailey, "With a second chance, I will never appear before this court or any other court. I've let so many people down. It's not who I am. I'm not that person."
Bowling's wife and two of his friends sat through Tuesday's plea hearing at the Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse in Charleston. His mother and godmother did not attend.
Wearing his trademark black-rimmed designer eyeglasses, Bowling appeared poised and answered Copenhaver's questions without hesitation. He was released on $10,000 bond.
Bowling told the judge he was now self-employed, working for a company called 27 Creative.
As a condition of his release before sentencing, Bowling was ordered to abstain from drinking alcohol beverages. Copenhaver noted that Bowling been charged with driving under the influence on several occasions since 2004.
Bowling told the judge he hasn't taken a drink for the past six months.
"I currently do not use alcohol," said Bowling, a craft-beer aficionado who has a dog named Brewski.
Bowling was nationally known for his expertise in Internet marketing and Web site development. He also specialized in "on-line reputation management," which helps companies and individuals push positive information about themselves to the top of a page following a Web search.
Bowling also developed a popular Web site called Zi.ma, which shortens Web address links or URLs. He frequently spoke about his work at national conferences.
He has more than 1,600 followers on Twitter.com, a social networking site.
After the hearing, Bowling left through the back door of the federal courthouse and could not be reached for comment.
He posted this on Twitter an hour after Tuesday's proceedings: "Court went as well as one could expect. Now time for noms [eating]. I'm starving."
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