Former Charter Exec Pleads Not Guilty


As expected, former Charter Communications Inc. senior vice president of
operations for the Western division James "Trey" Smith appeared before U.S.
District Judge Carol Jackson Monday morning in St. Louis and pleaded not guilty
to eight counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy to commit wire

He was released on $100,000 bail.

On Friday, former Charter chief operating officer Dave Barford and former
chief financial officer Kent Kalkwarf appeared before Jackson. The two --
charged with 14 counts each of mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit
wire fraud -- are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. CST. Both
Barford and Kalkwarf were each released on $100,000 bond.

Each of the charges carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or
a $250,000 fine.

The three were indicted, along with former Charter senior vice president of
operations for the Eastern division David McCall, Thursday, charged with being
involved in a scheme to defraud Charter investors by inflating subscriber
numbers in 2001 and the first quarter of 2002 and cash-flow figures in 2000.

McCall pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. His
sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 17.

According to his plea agreement, McCall agreed to provide information to
federal prosecutors in their cases against the three other defendants. According
to the document, based on the information McCall provides, the government can
then decide to reduce his sentence.