BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two 20-year-old men from Massachusetts are facing federal charges for allegedly recording a conversation between then-Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix and the general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last March.
The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday that Joshua Barber and Nicholas Kaiser are being 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.
Prosecutors say Barber called Nix's office, claiming to be Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik. When Nix answered the phone, no one was one the line. In the meantime, prosecutors say Barber called Dominik's office, claiming to be Nix.
When Nix tried to reach Dominik using the re-dial function, prosecutors say Barber was able to link Nix to the open call with Dominik's office using the merge function on his iPhone, and Kaiser was able to record the call.
Authorities say the pair then sold the six-minute recording, in which the GMs discussed quarterback possibilities shortly before the Buffalo Bills released Ryan Fitzpatrick, as well as free agency rules and trade talk.
One week after an article with the recording was posted on Deadspin.com, the website sent Barber a $200 check, of which he gave $100 to Kaiser.
If found guilty, each suspect could face a maximum sentence of five years behind bars, a fine of $500,000, or both.
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