The next time you and your friends begin to scheme about an elaborate phone-prank scenario involving NFL front-office personnel, keep the potential consequences in mind.
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Two Massachusetts men are facing federal wiretapping charges for allegedly engineering and secretly recording a phone conversation between Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik and then-Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix on March 8. Joshua Barber and Nicholas Kaiser, both 20, apparently managed to get the two GMs on the phone together through a series of phone calls to Bucs and Bills offices.
According to The Associated Press, prosecutors say Barber called Nix posing as Dominik, then called Dominik. Barber reportedly then used the conference-call function on his phone to link the lines together. Kaiser recorded the nearly six-minute conversation.
That's a rather impressive bit of telephonic mischief, but it's come at a high cost. The two men face up to five years in prison if convicted. They are due in a Buffalo, N.Y., court June 4.