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Fastow Says Skilling Wanted to `Juice' Enron Earnings

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Enron Corp.'s former Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow testified today that his boss, Jeffrey Skilling, told him to use off-the-books partnerships to ``give me all the juice you can'' on earnings.

Fastow's remarks, in response to prosecutors' questions, were the first attempt to show Skilling, the former chief executive officer, and former Chairman Kenneth Lay, were participants in an accounting fraud that drove Enron into bankruptcy. Fastow, who pleaded guilty to the fraud, said he interpreted Skilling's comment to mean he should ``juice the earnings so we could report the numbers we wanted to report.''

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