Lea Weingarten Fastow (born December 26, 1961) is the wife of former Enron executive and convicted felon Andrew Fastow and was the second former Enron executive to go to prison after Enron collapsed due to fraud in December 2001.
Fastow is a native of Houston, Texas, where she was born into a Jewish family that founded the Weingarten's[not in citation given] grocery store chain and Weingarten Realty Investors. She graduated from Tufts University, where she met her future husband, and earned an MBA at Northwestern University.
In 2003, Fastow was indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to commit wire fraud; money laundering conspiracy and four counts of filing false income tax returns. She pled guilty on January 14, 2004, to submitting a fraudulent income tax return that did not include profits her family had received from her husband's off-the-books partnerships.
Fastow reported to prison on July 12, 2004, and was released to a halfway house on July 11, 2005.