Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Witness in Enron-related Case Found Dead

How odd is this?
A British banker who was questioned by U.S. authorities in connection with the Enron scandal has been found dead, British media said Wednesday. The man's body was found Tuesday in a park in east London, but police declined to identify him.

The Royal Bank of Scotland, however, sent condolences to the family of Neil Coulbeck, one of the bank's senior employees who had been questioned by the
FBI in the case of three British bankers facing Enron-related fraud charges. The British Broadcasting Corp. and other media outlets also identified the man as Coulbeck, 53.

Police would not immediately say how he died, but homicide officers were investigating — standard procedure on all suspicious deaths.

Though Neil Coulbeck gave statements in connection with the case against three bankers formerly associated with National Westminister bank (and who are likely facing extradition to the U.S. tomorrow), he himself had not been accused of involvement in the transactions being investigated, so far as we know.

There are no details of any kind about what happened to Coulbeck, which means there's no information from which to draw conclusions.

But the Enron scandal, disastrous from the start, keeps casting long shadows, it seems.