Report: Former WorldCom CEO Ebbers could get life sentence

Federal prosecutors are considering an 85-year sentence for former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers, according to published reports.

That would essentially amount to a life sentence for Ebbers, 63, who was convicted in March for orchestrating the largest corporate accounting fraud in US history. WorldCom's accounting malfeasance also resulted in the largest bankruptcy in US history.

WorldCom filed for bankruptcy in the summer of 2002.

Attorneys for Ebbers are seeking a lighter sentence, citing his age, health, and little risk of a repeat offense.

Ebbers will be sentenced July 13 in federal court in New York.

Former WorldCom Chief Financial Officer Scott Sullivan, who was also convicted of fraud, is expected to face sentencing in August. Sullivan was the most damning witness in Ebbers' trial earlier this year.

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