Risk & Compliance

Lea Fastow Begins Prison Term

''She's coming in as nobody, and she's not accustomed to that.''
Stephen TaubJuly 13, 2004

Lea Fastow, a former Enron Corp. assistant treasurer and the wife of former chief financial officer Andrew Fastow, began her one-year prison term on Monday for her role in the bankrupt energy company’s accounting scandal.

Fastow, 42, entered the Federal Criminal Detention center in downtown Houston at 8:20 a.m. local time, according to Bloomberg.

“She’s coming in as nobody, and she’s not accustomed to that,” said Ray Hill, a prison activist who hosts a Houston radio show about inmates, told the wire service. “The people she’s going to be with are not very impressed with who she was.”

The Houston federal detention center is much more restrictive than the one her lawyer, Mike DeGeurin, had requested, according to Reuters. The wire service described the prison as a “stark 11-story building” that houses both male and female inmates of differing security classifications, so the rules for all inmates are stiffer.

The facilities aren’t so hot, either. According to Bloomberg, water pressure in the sinks has been so low recently that prisoners must wash their underwear in the toilets. The day room has just one television set, which runs silently; inmates must buy a small radio at the prison store to listen to the audio, the wire service added.