Judge Keeps WorldCom Trial in Manhattan
NEW YORK (AP) _ The accounting fraud trial of a former WorldCom Inc. executive will remain in Manhattan and begin in September, a judge decided Tuesday.
Ruling from the bench, U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones rejected a defense motion asking her to throw out conspiracy charges against Scott Sullivan because they were improperly filed in Manhattan.
Jones also denied a request to move the case to Washington, D.C., so Sullivan’s ailing wife and small child could stay with relatives there during the monthlong trial.
The defense had claimed a trial in Manhattan would create a financial hardship for the family, which lives in Boca Raton, Fla. Prosecutors countered that Sullivan still has ``vast resources″ at his disposal.
The judge set a trial date for Sept. 8.
Sullivan, 40, was chief financial officer at WorldCom when investigators say the company carried out a $9 billion accounting fraud, the largest in U.S. history.
He is charged with ordering accounting executives to move operating expenses off the books, making WorldCom appear profitable when it was losing money. He has pleaded innocent and is free on $10 million bond.