Two Men Charged in Buddy Nix Phone Call Prank

May 29, 2013 Updated May 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Two Men Charged in Buddy Nix Phone Call Prank

May 29, 2013 Updated May 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Two Plymouth, Mass. men were charged Wednesday 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.

Attorneys say 20-year-old Joshua Barber and 20-year-old Nicholas Kaiser called the office of former Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix claiming to be Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik.

Nix answered the telephone but there was no one on the line. Barber then called the office of Dominik claiming to be Nix.

While Barber was on hold with Dominik's office, Nix's office placed a call using the redial 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, Barber connected Nix and Dominik without either parties knowledge or consent. That call was subsequently recorded by Kaiser.

The complaint further states that after the conversation was recorded, Barber and Kaiser sold the unauthorized recording to the website deadspin.com.

If convicted, Barber and Kaiser face a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $500,000 fine or both.