Enron Corp.'s former chief accounting officer figures to be the government's star witness after pleading guilty to securities fraud and agreeing to testify against Enron founder Ken Lay and former chief executive Jeffrey Skilling.

Richard Causey, 45, will serve seven years in prison and forfeit $1.25 million to the government. His sentence can be reduced to five years if the government is happy with his cooperation. Causey had faced 36 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, security fraud, insider trading, money laundering and making false statements on financial reports.

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