Skilling denies pact with former Enron CFO

Jeff Skilling, the former Enron boss facing multiple fraud charges over the
collapse of the company, has strongly denied he ever entered into any pact or
agreement with Andrew Fastow, the disgraced ex-finance chief.

Fastow, who was jailed for 10 years for his role in covering up the massive
fraud at the company, had earlier testified that Skilling made a secret deal
with him that would protect him from losing money on side deals he made with

Fastow said he had a ‘bear hug’ agreement with Skilling that Enron would make
sure the LJM partnerships – set up to hide massive losses at the company – did
not lose money.

Testifying for the second day running, Skilling denied any such agreement
with Fastow and also went on the offensive attacking several other government
witnesses that linked him to illicit dealings at the company, Reuters reported.

Skilling, 52, and former Enron CEO and chairman Kenneth Lay, 63, are charged
with lying to analysts and investors. Both deny any wrongdoing.

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