Accused Buddy Nix phone pranksters given deal
The federal government has reached a resolution with the two Massachusetts men accused of intercepting, recording, and selling a private phone call involving former Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix. Joshua Barber and Nicholas Kaiser, two 21-year-olds from Plymouth, Massachusetts, faced criminal wiretapping charges for the March 8 incident.
The two men allegedly recorded a call between Nix and Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik that they arranged under false pretenses.
The six-minute conversation, in which the two GMs discussed the future of then-Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick among other matters, was sold to the website Deadspin.com for $150. Several media outlets then picked up on the prank.
Barber and Kaiser faced charges of intentionally intercepting a wire communication between private parties and making a telephone call without disclosing their identity with the intent to annoy or harass.
In a statement, U.S. Attorney William Hochul says the two men have entered into pre-trial agreements that involve unspecific terms and conditions that must be abided by for the next 18 months. If they fail to comply, the charges could be reinstated.
Hochul's office declined further comment Wednesday.