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Fastow may plea bargain to protect wife
As Enron Task Force prosecutors close in on former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow, his wife may also be caught in the net.
Since Michael Kopper, Fastow’s chief lieutenant, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering Aug. 21, prosecutors have frozen some financial accounts belonging to both the Fastows, claiming the millions of dollars in them were the proceeds of crime. The house they were building in River Oaks is also a target for seizure.
Legal experts say much of the pressure on Fastow springs from consideration of what could happen to his wife, Lea. Prosecutors commonly use the possibility of criminal charges against a spouse, partner or associate to pressure the other.