The Securities and Exchange Commission has barred Conseco Inc.'s former chief financial officer and chief accounting officer from auditing the books of public companies for at least the next five years.

Conseco filed for bankruptcy protection in 2002, which the Carmel, Ind.-based insurer emerged from years later. At the time, the filing was the third largest in U.S. history, trailing only Enron Corp. and WorldCom Inc.

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