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16th Mar 2006 Fraud Investigation Enron whistleblower condemns Lay

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The executive who first raised concerns about financial malpractice at Enron said an internal investigation into accounting procedures was "bogus".

Testifying at the trial of Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, Sherron Watkins said she first raised doubts about Enron's accounting methods in August 2001.

"Accounting just doesn't get that creative," she said, referring to structures used by Enron to hide debts.

Ms Watkins has become a well-known figure in the US after testifying at a Congressional hearing into Enron's collapse in 2002.

Ms Watkins testified she met Mr Lay to express concerns about financial structures managed by her boss, chief financial officer Andrew Fastow.

Ms Watkins had previously sent Mr Lay an anonymous memo questioning the use of off-balance sheet financial partnerships which were then running up huge losses.

In the memo, which she read out in court, she had expressed concerns that Enron could "implode in a wave of accounting scandals".

She added: "This was not just aggressive accounting, it was fraudulent accounting. I couldn't believe we had done it."

Ms Watkins acknowledged that, following their meeting, Mr Lay had ordered an investigation into her claims and ultimately had the off-balance sheet partnerships dissolved.

However, she said the investigation was flawed, since it was carried out by the firm's own auditors, who had approved the original transactions.

Under questioning, Ms Watkins admitted that she had sold shares worth $17,000 in 2002 after learning of the firm's financial problems and that this action was improper.

Ms Watkins left Enron in 2002 and has since collaborated on a book about the firm's bankruptcy.

During 2002's Congressional hearing, it emerged that Enron had considered sacking Ms Watkins after she raised concerns about its financial position.

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10th Apr 2006 Fraud Investigation Enron I'm innocent says ex-Enron chief
3rd Apr 2006 Fraud Investigation Enron Key Enron witness 'lied in court'
22nd Mar 2006 Fraud Investigation Enron Enron treasurer tells of 'lies'
14th Mar 2006 Fraud Investigation Enron Key Enron witness 'duped bosses'
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7th Mar 2006 Fraud Investigation Enron Enron bosses hid massive losses
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27th Feb 2006 Fraud Investigation Enron Enron money man 'raided reserves'
13th May 2005 Fraud Investigation Enron Former Enron executive sentenced
9th Jan 2005 Fraud Investigation Enron Enron bosses agree $168m payout
3rd Nov 2004 Fraud Investigation Enron Convictions in Enron fraud trial
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