State Restrains Ebbers, Sullivan From Destroying Documents

State officials on Thursday expanded a federal order to preserve WorldCom documentation to include former chief executive Bernie Ebbers and former accountant Arthur Anderson.

Former chief financial officer Scott Sullivan was also named in the 10-day restraining order sought by Secretary of State Eric Clark and signed by a Hinds County judge. Sullivan was fired this week after WorldCom said it hid 3-point-8 (b)billion in expenses.

Clark's spokesman, David Blount, said the state action expands Wednesday's order from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which ordered the preservation of documents only from current WorldCom employees and affiliates.

Clark said he did not know if any documents had already been destroyed at WorldCom. He said he has not received any reports indicating they had.

The Secretary of State said his office would work with Attorney General Mike Moore's office to prosecute potential securities violations at WorldCom. The state offices are coordinating efforts with the S-E-C and the U-S Attorney's Office.

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