Lea Fastow

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Lea Fastow
Born Lea Weingarten Fastow
Houston, Texas
Alma mater Tufts University, Northwestern University
Spouse(s) Andrew Fastow
Children Jeffrey Fastow, Matthew Fastow[1][2]
Parent(s) Jack Weingarten (businessman), Miriam Hadar (Miss Israel, journalist lawyer)

Lea Weingarten Fastow is a former Enron assistant treasurer who pleaded guilty to tax evasion and filing fraudulent Income Tax returns. The wife of former Enron executive and convicted felon Andrew Fastow, she 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. Her mother was Miriam Hadar Weingarten, who was winner of the Miss Israel competition in 1958, her father was a real-estate broker. When she was young her parents divorced and her mother went on to marry to Akiva Nof, and from this marriage was born a half-sister. She graduated from Tufts University, where she met her future husband, and earned an MBA at Northwestern University. She and her husband both attended Congregation Or Ami, a conservative synagogue.[3]

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 pleaded 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.[4]


  1. ^ "Heiress In Handcuffs". Bloomberg. 24 November 2003. 
  2. ^ "A long fall for Enron couple". USA Today. 
  3. ^ "Andrew Fastow: A study in contrasts". 
  4. ^ Press, From Associated (2005-06-07). "Lea Fastow to Complete Sentence at Halfway House". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-04-25.