Ex-Charter VP Cops Plea


Less than one day after being indicted along with three other former Charter
Communications Inc. executives by federal prosecutors, former Eastern district
senior vice president David McCall apparently cut a deal, entering a guilty plea
to one felony count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

McCall was indicted Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern
District of Missouri along with the three other executives -- former chief
operating officer David Barford, former chief financial officer Kent Kalkwarf
and former Western region senior VP James (Trey) Smith -- on charges that they
participated in a scheme to inflate Charter’s cash-flow and subscriber

Of the four, McCall faced the least amount of jail time -- five years in
prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

Barford and Kalkwarf -- who are expected to surrender to federal authorities
later Friday -- were charged with 14 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and
conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Smith, expected to turn himself in next week,
was charged with eight counts of wire fraud. Each of those charges carries a
maximum penalty of five years in jail and/or a $250,000 fine.

McCall entered his guilty plea to U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson.
Sentencing has been set for Oct. 17.

McCall has apparently reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, but details
have not yet been released.

"Mr. McCall acknowledged in court today that he participated in a conspiracy
to defraud Charter stockholders," U.S. Attorney Ray Gruender said in a prepared
statement. "We are very pleased to obtain his cooperation as we proceed with
this prosecution."