- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 3, 2002

HOUSTON (AP) A blaze that did slight damage to a mansion once owned by former Enron Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow was set, according to investigators.
The three-story house recently sold to another energy company official for $3.9 million caught fire early Sunday, but damage was limited to the front door and the area immediately around it.
"Right now, we have no idea why this fire was started," Houston Fire Department spokesman Jay Evans said. "No suspect has been arrested and the case is under investigation."
Federal prosecutors accuse Mr. Fastow of building the home with laundered money. Enron Corp. collapsed in bankruptcy a year ago after revelations about years of inflated profits and hidden debt.
It was sold in October to Thomas Hook, the chief financial officer of Hilcorp Energy Co., and his wife, Laura.
Mr. Hook did not return a telephone message left Sunday by the Associated Press. About $300,000 of work remained on the house when the couple bought it, and it was not immediately clear whether they had moved in.
The house is one of five properties included as equity for a bond that let Mr. Fastow go free after he was charged with fraud in early October. Prosecutors also froze $14 million in Fastow family bank accounts. He has pleaded not guilty.


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