Former Qwest Officials Prepare for Criminal Trial

Former Qwest Officials Prepare for Criminal Trial

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(Denver-AP) -- Four former Qwest executives will be in federal court today to stand trial on fraud and conspiracy charges.

It's the first criminal case to come out of investigations into accounting irregularities at the telecommunications giant.

Grant Graham, Thomas Hall, John Walker and Bryan Treadway are accused of being behind a scheme that allowed Qwest to improperly book 34 (m) million dollars from a computer equipment sale in 2001.

The four are also accused of conspiring to lie about the deal and of hiding the facts from then-auditor Arthur Andersen.

The trial is expected to last a month.

Qwest is the local phone company for 14 states.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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