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INDEPTH: WORLDCOM The WorldCom story

Introduction of person’s Bernie Ebbers, a profile. basketball former
coach from Edmonton, buys a
long-distance resale service that he names


Bernie Ebbers

Long-Distance Discount Services (LDDS)
1985: Ebbers becomes chief

Worldcom’s creation….
• Early 1990s: Ebbers creates WorldCom, combining LLDS with two smaller companies MFS Communications and UUNet.

• 1994: LLDS becomes one of the top four long-distance companies in the U.S.

• 1995:

WorldCom is fined $50,000 US and ordered to repay $70,000 US in

investigative costs for its role in gathering employee campaign contributions for a candidate running for the Mississippi

Public Service Commission in 1991.

Company’s journey….
• 1995-2000:

WorldCom buys more than 60 companies, often using its own
soaring share price to help fund the acquisitions.

Create Big History……..
• 1997:

WorldCom takes over MCI Communications for $37 billion US - at the time the largest takeover in American corporate history.

Famous personality in Forbes News..
• 1999:

Forbes magazine cites Bernie Ebbers's fortune at $1.4 billion US.

• 2000:

U.S. communications regulators veto WorldCom's $129-billion US offer for Sprint

Corp., which WorldCom had hoped would add wireless and local phone assets to the mix.

• Fall 2000:

Big Loss For Company….
WorldCom warns its earnings will fall short of estimates by 40 per cent, and that 2001
earnings would be even lower.

Ebbers falls into enormous personal debt as he'd pledged his WorldCom shares as collateral for loans. WorldCom's board loans him $375 million US to pay off his

• Secured loans from WorldCom to fund personal investments including a $100 million Canada ranch, $658 million in Mississippi timberlands and a $14 million Georgia shipyard
• Netted $140 million from stock

Scott Sullivan, CFO
• Served as CFO, treasurer and secretary • Directed staff to make false accounting entries • Personally made false and misleading public statements regarding finances • Netted $45 million from stock sales

• 2001: Ebbers fails to make the Forbes 400 richest Americans list.

Company Tracing in Bankruptcy
• January 2002:

fact that Ebbers might have to sell millions of his WorldCom shares to repay personal • Company could spin off several loans.

WorldCom gets hit with fallout from the bankruptcy filing of Global Crossing, a telecom company, and from the
business units

• April 29, 2002:

Shares hit all-time low of $2.35, down more than 95 per cent from their peak of $64.50 on June 21, 1999.

Ebbers resigns as CEO after the stock free-fall. He is replaced by John Sidgmore.

June 14, 2002 The Internal audit team contacted WorldCom’s audit committee Internal auditor, Cindy Cooper, asked for documents supporting numerous capital expenditures. No supporting documents were found • June 25, 2002:

WorldCom discloses that it inflated profits for more than a year by improperly accounting for more than $3.9 billion US.

This means that it transferred routine expenses to capital expenditures, making its earnings appear larger than they actually were. WorldCom

announces that it will lay off 17,000 workers within the week. The board fires CFO

Scott Sullivan, and controller David Myers resigns.

Company’s Adverse Effect on Stock Market…..
• June 26, 2002:

News of the WorldCom scandal sends shock waves through stock markets, sending benchmark indices to new post-Sept. 11 lows.
WorldCom share trading halted.

File Case Against Company……
• July 2002:

WorldCom files for bankruptcy protection, listing $41 billion US in debt.

• Aug. 8, 2002:

Auditors find another $3.3 billion US accounting irregularity. The revelations will
force the company to restate its earnings for 2000. The company already has to restate its financial results for all of 2001 and the first quarter of 2002.

• March 2004:

Ebbers pleads not guilty to
charges of fraud and conspiracy in connection with an $11-billion

US fraud at WorldCom.

• May 2004: Ebbers charged with falsifying regulatory filings with the U.S.

Securities and Exchange Commission in 2001 and 2002.

• March 15, 2005:

Ebbers found guilty by a federal jury of fraud, conspiracy and filing false documents with regulators. He faces up to 85 years in prison.

Judge sentences 25 years in jail …..
• July 13, 2005:

A New York judge sentences Ebbers to 25 years in prison.

She says Ebbers has until Oct. 12 to report to prison and she would recommend a low-security federal prison in Yazoo City, Miss., near his home. Ebbers' lawyer said he would appeal the verdict.

The Economist mentions Ebbers’s WorldCom woes in an article subtitled “America’s most-hated

• Dec. 24, 2005:


January 2005 - 10 former directors

agreed to pay $54

million to settle a shareholder classaction lawsuit

$18 million to be paid by the directors themselves. $36 million paid by the liability insurance

• Jan. 30, 2006: Judges hearing Ebbers’s appeal question whether prosecutors threatened ex-WorldCom executives with criminal charges to keep them from testifying as potential defence witnesses. Ebbers argues that 25 years is too harsh a sentence for a white-collar crime.

• July 28, 2006:

A three-judge panel for a U.S. Appeal Court upholds Ebbers’s 25-year prison sentence, clearing the way for Ebbers to begin serving time. In a note
to the court, Judge Ralph Winter acknowledges the 25-year sentence is “longer than the sentences routinely imposed by many states for violent crimes, including murder,” but not unreasonable given the losses to investors.

• Sept. 7, 2006: In a public ruling, a federal judge orders Ebbers to report to prison on Sept. 26. Sept. 26, 2006: Ebbers enters a federal prison in Louisiana to begin serving his 25year sentence.

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