Mass. men plead not guilty to phone prank charges
Two men from Plymouth, Massachusetts pleaded not guilty to wiretapping charges in federal court in Buffalo Tuesday. The charges relate to their alleged tapping of a phone call involving former Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix.Prosecutors say Joshua Barber and Nicholas Kaiser, both 20 years old, arranged a call between Nix and Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik on March 8. They say Barber called Nix posing as Dominik. They then allegedly called Dominik and linked the two calls.
The conversation was recorded and eventually showed up on the sports website Deadspin.com. In it, the two GMs discussed the future of former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was with the team at the time. Several media outlets subsequently reported the prank.
The accused men declined comment to the media this morning. They are free for the time being. Kaiser's lawyer Rodney Personius says he is open to a pre-trial resolution.