GOP Eavesdropping

A former executive director of the state Republican Party faces federal charges of eavesdropping on a conference call of Democratic leaders last year

A federal grand jury today indicted Edmund Matricardi the Third on five counts. U-S Attorney Paul McNulty says Matricardi was indicted on two counts of unlawful interception of a wire communication, two counts of unlawful disclosure of intercepted
wire communications and one count of aiding and abetting the interception of a wire communication.

Each charge carries a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

McNulty says that Claudia Tucker, a former aide to ex-House Speaker Vance Wilkins, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to a misdemeanor in the case. She was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $1,000. McNulty said she secretly
listened to part of the Democratic conference call.

Matricardi resigned his job with the Virginia GOP last year, and then was hired as political director of the South Carolina Republican Party.


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