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Readers Want Jail for Ebbers

Light Reading and NDCF readers believe former WorldCom chief Bernie Ebbers should do some serious jail time, a poll this week has found (see The Ebbers Sentence: You Decide).

More than 1,000 people have taken part in the special poll, and the overwhelming majority (nearly 96 percent) believe that the one-time bouncer and basketball coach should go to the slammer for his part in the WorldCom fraud. Less than two percent of respondents think that he should keep his freedom.

Last week Ebbers was convicted on nine separate counts for his part in the largest corporate fraud in history, and now faces up to 85 years in prison. Sentencing is set for June 13, although his lawyers are planning to appeal the verdict (see Ebbers: GUILTY! and Ebbers Is Appealing).

Those taking part in our survey believe that Bernie should stay inside for quite some time. Around 35 percent of people say that the 63-year old Ebbers should go down for 10 to 20 years and nearly 33 percent say that he should spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Throughout the six-week trial, Ebberss defense team argued relentlessly that the former WorldCom supremo was unaware of what was going on at his company, instead laying the blame at the feet of Scott Sullivan, WorldCom’s then-CFO (see Ebbers Trial: Sex, Drugs & Numbers).

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