Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Telemarketer Pleads Guilty in Phone-Jam

CONCORD, N.H. - A former telemarketer has agreed to plead guilty in a Republican phone-jamming plot against New Hampshire Democrats four years ago.

Shaun Hansen faces two federal counts of conspiracy to commit interstate telephone harassment in a deal with prosecutors. No sentencing date was posted.

In 2002, Hansen owned Mylo Enterprises, an Idaho telemarketing company prosecutors say received $2,500 to place hundreds of hang-up telephone calls to Democratic get-out-the-vote phone banks and a ride-to-the-polls line run by Manchester's firefighters union.

Three former Republican officials were convicted in the phone-jamming plot. Former state Republican Committee Executive Director Chuck McGee served seven months in federal prison after admitting to devising the scheme.

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