Two charged in Bills-Buccaneers GM prank call incident
Two men face federal charges after authorities say they illegally recorded a phone conversation between former Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix and Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik, reports WGRZ.
Joshua Barber, 20 and Nicholas Kaiser, 20, both of Plymouth, Mass., were charged with intentionally intercepting a wire communication and with making a telephone call without disclosing their identity with the intent to annoy or harass the person at the called number, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
According to the complaint, Barber telephoned Nix’s office claiming to be Mark Dominik. Nix answered the telephone but there was no one on the line. Barber then telephoned the office of Dominik claiming to be Nix.
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While Barber was on hold with Mark Dominik’s office, Nix’s office placed a call using the re-dial function to what was believed to be the office of Mark Dominik. While on hold with Dominik’s office, defendant Barber saw the incoming call from Nix. Using the conference function, defendant Barber connected Nix and Dominik without either parties knowledge or consent. That call was subsequently recorded by defendant Kaiser. The complaint further states that after the conversation was recorded, defendants Barber and Kaiser sold the unauthorized recording to a media outlet.