Lea Fastow

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Lea Fastow
Born Lea Weingarten Fastow
(1961-12-26) December 26, 1961 (age 53)
Alma mater Tufts University, Northwestern University
Spouse(s) Andrew Fastow
Children Jeffrey Fastow, Michael Fastow
Parent(s) Jack Weingarten (heir, businessman, millionaire), Miriam Hadar (Miss Israel, journalist lawyer(

Lea Weingarten Fastow (born December 26, 1961[citation needed]) 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[1][not in citation given] grocery store chain and Weingarten Realty Investors, the daughter of Jack Weingarten and Miriam Hadar Weingarten, Miss Israel 1958, after her parents divorced, her mother married to Akiva Nof, and from this marriage was born to her half-sister. 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.