January 18, 2018

Winery owners charged with wiretap violations

HAMILTON TWP - In December of 2017 Monroe County District Attorney (MCDA) detectives received information about illegal wiretapping at Mountain View Vineyards, a local winery, brewery and distillery, located at 2332 Walters Road in Hamilton and Jackson Townships in Monroe County.

Throughout the course of the investigation detectives found that Randy and Linda Rice, owners and operators of the winery, had installed wireless surveillance cameras equipped to record and monitor audio and video. They were mounted in the tasting room, the barrel room and outside on the decks.

When conducting a search of Randy Rice’s cell phone, detectives located 1,708 video clips which were approximately 10 seconds in length. Hundreds of those video clips captured private conversations between employees and customers.

Randy and Linda Rice are both charged with interception of oral communications and possession of devices utilized to surreptitiously record oral communications. Both offenses are felonies.  According to reports in other media, they say they were not aware the law requires that notice be posted if a premise is under active video and audio surveillance.

If you visited the winery in January of 2018 and engaged in an intimate or private conversation which you have concern that it was recorded please contact Detective Kim Lippincott via email at  

Randy and Linda Rice are free on $5,000 unsecured bail. They will appear for a preliminary hearing on February 2.

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