Two pranksters who orchestrated a March phone call between two NFL general managers, recorded it and sold it to a third-party website, are facing federal charges, according to a Buffalo News report. Joshua Barber and Nicholas Kaiser, both 20 and from Plymouth, Ma., must appear Tuesday before a U.S. magistrate in Buffalo to answer charges of "intentionally intercepting a wire communication and making a telephone call without disclosing their identity with the intent to annoy or harass the person at the called number," the paper said. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $500,000 fine. In March, the pair prank-called then-Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix, claiming to be Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik. When Nix answered, they immediately hung up. Thinking the call was dropped, Nix called the number back. In the meantime, the pranksters, called Dominik pretending to be Nix. They then put the two GMs together on a conference call and recorded the conversation with another cell phone. The unauthorized six-minute call was then sold to and posted on the website Deadspin, which published a detailed story about the prank along with the audio. The NFL investigation after the recording became public.
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