At the trial in Houston, the court was told how the partner shredded documents after being coaxed by US colleagues.
Raju Bhatia, an FBI agent working on a task force probing Enron’s collapse, said US Andersen partner Michael Jones, on secondment in London, acknowledged that shredding ‘noticeably accelerated in fall 2001’ after a conference call with members of the Houston-based team reviewing Enron’s books.
Jones said David Duncan, the former Andersen partner who headed the Enron audit team, told London staffers ‘that all drafts and e-mails related to the Enron audit should not be maintained,’ Bhatia testified.
Jones made the statement in a February interview with investigators, the agent said.
Andersen is accused of obstructing a federal investigation into whether fraud caused the energy trader’s collapse, resulting in its record bankruptcy in December.
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