Skilling Ordered to Avoid Alcohol, Given Curfew

Facing more than three dozen counts of fraud and other crimes related to Enron’s 2001 collapse, Jeffrey Skilling has now been ordered to quit drinking, told to enter a rehab program and given a curfew by a federal judge.

Skilling, 50, and his wife were involved in an April 9 melee in New York City, during which he accused other bar patrons of being FBI agents, attempted to pull the license plate off a car and lifted the shirt of a woman to see if she was wearing a wire. Police took Skilling to the hospital where his blood alcohol level measured at 0.19, more than twice the legal limit for driving (Skilling was not driving a car on the night in question.)

U.S. Magistrate Frances Stacy refused on Friday to grant prosecutors’ request that Skilling’s bond be increased from $5 million to $7 million and that he be prohibited from leaving the state of Texas, the Associated Press reported. A condition of his bond had been that he avoid excessive alcohol consumption, the AP reported.

Skilling has been out on bail since his arrest in February. Stacy did not specify a curfew—prosecutors had asked for midnight—leaving it up to pretrial services to determine.

Stacy indicated Friday that she is wondering if Skilling, who began a private investment company after leaving Enron, is actually working. If he isn’t, he should be performing community service, she said, leaving the details of the community service to be worked out by pretrial services.

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