Kevin Howard, the former vice president of finance for Enron Corp.'s broadband unit, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Houston to one count of falsifying books and records. Under the plea agreement, Howard would serve four to 12 months of probation or home confinement, or a combination of both. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore accepted the plea and will formally sentence Howard later this year. The former Enron executive was scheduled to go to trial for a third time on fraud and conspiracy charges, similar to the charges he faced when he first was indicted in 2003 (see Daily GPI, March 13, 2003). Howard's first trial ended in a mistrial (see Daily GPI, June 1, 2006). In the second trial Howard was found guilty on five counts, but the convictions later were dismissed by Gilmore (see Daily GPI, Feb. 2, 2007).
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