Ex-Enron CEO reportedly charged with drunkenness
Jeffrey Skilling arrested in Dallas earlier this month for public intoxication, according to newspaper.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was arrested Sept. 9 for public intoxication in Dallas, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle.
The arrest came just over month before the former CEO is scheduled to stand before a Houston judge and face sentencing for crimes related to the 2001 collapse of Enron - once the seventh largest corporation in the country.
Skilling was convicted in May of 19 counts of fraud, conspiracy, insider trading and lying to auditors, and faces 20 to 30 years in prison.
The Chronicle reported that Skilling was arrested about 1:45 a.m. Sept. 9 in an upscale neighborhood of downtown Dallas. According to court documents, Skilling didn't resist arrest and was fined $385 for public intoxication after being held briefly in a city jail.
Skilling's lead attorney Daniel Petrocelli told the newspaper that Skilling reported the incident to pretrial services and was ordered to increase the frequency of his visits with alcohol treatment and mental health counselors.
If confirmed, it wouldn't be the first time the former executive has had a run-in with police officers due to excessive drinking.
In April 2004, after he was indicted for Enron-related crimes, Skilling and his wife Rebecca were involved in a fight with patrons of a cigar bar in New York City. Both Skilling and his wife were taken to a hospital and he was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 - more than twice the legal limit for operating a vehicle in many states.
While Skilling's attorneys maintained that he was harassed by two men at the bar, prosecutors said Skilling accused some of the cigar bar patrons of being FBI agents and attempted to lift the blouse of one female customer to see if she was wired with audio recording commitment.
Skilling was ordered to undergo alcohol-abuse treatment, stop drinking and perform community service for that incident.
As for the most recent run-in with the law, Skilling has 21 days from the arrest to pay his fine and enter a plea, the Chronicle reported.