A month into the government's fraud and conspiracy trial against former Enron Corp. chairman Kenneth Lay and chief executive Jeffrey Skilling, early witnesses for the prosecution are sticking to their claims that the men were involved in financial wrongdoing.

A corporate secretary for the company, Paula Rieker, testified this week that Lay knew the company could face a cash squeeze, but lied to employees and analysts by describing Enron's liquidity as strong. Rieker, 51, was second in command in investor relations under Mark Koenig, the trial's first witness. She has pleaded guilty to insider trading and is one of several witnesses cooperating with prosecutors.

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