Jury Convicts Ebbers on All Fraud Charges

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Former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers, right, and his wife Kristie leave court in New York City.

Former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers, right, and his wife Kristie leave court in New York City after Ebbers was found guilty of fraud charges in the company's $11 billion accounting scandal, March 15. Reuters hide caption

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After eight days of deliberations, a federal jury in New York finds the former head of WorldCom guilty of all of the charges against him. The jury returned guilty verdicts against Bernard Ebbers on one count of conspiracy, one count of securities fraud and multiple counts of filing false documents.

The verdict against the 63-year-old Ebbers comes more than two years after an internal audit at the telecommunications company triggered one of the biggest collapses in U.S. corporate history.

During a six-week trial, prosecutors portrayed Ebbers as obsessed with the company's stock price. Ebbers' lawyer meanwhile, had sought to depict his client as someone who was out of touch with day-to-day operations at the company. Ebbers helped grow WorldCom from a small Mississippi long-distance company to a telecommunications giant. Sentencing is set for June.



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