Second Exec Gets Probation in WorldCom Case

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An accountant who made some of the fraudulent entries in the books at WorldCom was sentenced Friday to five months in prison and five months of house arrest.

Betty Vinson, 49, who said she was pressured by superiors to make the false entries, had hoped to avoid prison time because she cooperated with the government in its prosecution of ex-CEO Bernard Ebbers.

Later in the day, a second former accounting official who testified against Ebbers, Troy Normand, was sentenced to three years probation. The judge did not impose a fine.

Associated Press