The wife of Enron Corp.'s former chief financial officer returned home last week, two days short of spending a year in federal custody for failing to declare her husband's illegal kickbacks.

Lea Fastow plead guilty last year to a misdemeanor tax crime for failing to report payments from her husband's illegal dealings at the bankrupt energy company. A former assistant treasurer at Enron, who left the company in 1997 to become a stay-at-home mom, Fastow had signed off on the couple's joint tax return, declaring the income as gifts. She was never accused of any crimes at the company.

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