Houston (Jan. 23, 2004) -- Just hours after he turned himself in to authorities at the Houston office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Richard A. Causey, the former chief accounting officer at now-collapsed energy giant Enron, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit fraud.

In an indictment unsealed Thursday, Causey, 44, was described as "a principal architect and operator of the scheme to manipulate Enron's reported earnings." Enron collapsed amid a sea of mounting debt and false profits and filed for Chapter 11 in December 2001.

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