Hitting a Wall in the Enron Case?

That prosecutors are now charging the wife of former CFO Andy Fastow may be a sign of frustration at not being able to bag bigger game

The Justice Dept.'s net is drawing in a growing cast of characters from the Enron collapse. The latest: Lea Fastow, the wife of Andy Fastow, Enron's former chief financial officer. But indictments made public on May 1 only highlight the difficulties of the government's cases and the fact that prosecutors have yet to snag the biggest fish. "Because the Justice Dept. had to reach to its superweapon -- charging the spouse -- that suggests they have made little or no progress whatsoever against charging [former CEOs] Jeff Skilling or Ken Lay," says former federal prosecutor Jacob Frenkel.

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