U.S. Seeks 85 Years for Ebbers

The WorldCom architect was convicted on nine counts of fraud.
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U.S. prosecutors are seeking a maximum, 85-year sentence for convicted former WorldCom CEO Bernie Ebbers.

Ebbers was

convicted on nine counts of fraud in March for his role as ringleader in the sales and expense corruption at WorldCom. Once the cooked books were revealed in 2002, the Jackson, Miss.-based No. 2 long-distance phone company collapsed into bankruptcy. Last year the company emerged renamed as



. The $11 billion fraud case became the largest in U.S. history.

Earlier this month, citing his poor health and contributions to charities, lawyers for the 63-year-old former telecom titan asked U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones for leniency on his prison term.

Ebbers is expected to be sentenced on July 13.

Last week, a federal judge sentenced Adelphia founder John Rigas, who is 80 years old, to 15 years in jail for looting the cable company and defrauding its investors.