Hollywood P.I. associates plead not guilty to wiretapping

first_img According to the indictment, the names of more than 60 people were run through police and government databases, including those of comedians Garry Shandling and Kevin Nealon, Hollywood agents Kevin Huvane and Bryan Lourd, and reporters Bernard Weinraub of The New York Times and Zorianna Kit of KTLA-TV. Pfeifer was charged with wiretapping a former girlfriend and with witness tampering for allegedly threatening the woman. The Nicherie brothers were involved in a business dispute with a man who was wiretapped, prosecutors said. Previously, a former Beverly Hills police officer pleaded guilty to fraud and unauthorized computer access in the case. Carradine’s ex-wife, Sandra, also pleaded guilty to perjury for lying about whether she knew about the wiretapping. She had hired Pellicano to help with her divorce proceedings, prosecutors said. Pellicano recently completed a 2“-year federal prison term for possessing illegal weapons.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five clients and associates of Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges related to sweeping allegations of a conspiracy involving wiretapping and digging up dirt on people, including celebrities. Mark Arneson, a retired Los Angeles police sergeant, was the first to enter his plea. Federal prosecutors allege Arneson used his access to law enforcement databases to search names for “confidential, embarrassing or incriminating” information, receiving at least $189,000 from Pellicano. Rayford Earl Turner, a retired telephone company employee, pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he received at least $36,655 from Pellicano. The 110-count indictment claims that Pellicano, with the help of Turner and Kevin Kachikian, who allegedly provided the wiretapping devices, intercepted phone calls of several people, including prominent real estate developer Robert Maguire and Herbalife founder Mark Hughes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Also wiretapped were actors Sylvester Stallone and Keith Carradine, prosecutors said. In addition to Kachikian, others entering pleas were Robert Pfeifer, former president of Hollywood Records, and Las Vegas businessman Abner Nicherie. Arraignment for Nicherie’s brother, Daniel, was delayed until Friday. All but Pfeifer and Daniel Nicherie remained free on bond. An April 4 trial date was set for the case. Pellicano, who pleaded not guilty earlier, has worked for such stars as Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Stallone. High-profile lawyers and agents also have enlisted his services. The indictment, unsealed last week, said information gathered by Pellicano and his associates was used for threats, blackmail and in some cases to secure “tactical advantage in litigation.” Prosecutors have declined to elaborate.last_img

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