A former Enron employee named Lawrence Lawyer has pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges stemming from his involvement with Michael Kopper in fradulent business deals.
Lawyer, a 34-year-old banker, admitted before Houston-based U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt that he failed to report to the Internal Revenue Service $79,469 in income he received from former Enron executive Michael Kopper between 1997 and 2000.
The money was paid to Lawyer for his work on a partnership called RADR, one of several controversial side deals at Enron.
Lawyer, who will cooperate with federal officials, is the third person to plead guilty in an Enron-related case. Charges are pending against four others, including former Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow, who faces 78 criminal counts.