Causey lands at federal prison near Bastrop – Houston Chronicle
The central Texas prison that former top Enron accountant Richard Causey now calls home has already housed one of his former colleagues.
Causey, 46, surrendered as ordered on Tuesday at the federal prison near Bastrop, about 130 miles west of Houston.
He became the seventh ex-Enron executive to be incarcerated, turning himself in three weeks after former CEO Jeff Skilling went behind the fencing and barbed wire at a low-security prison in southern Minnesota.
Causey pleaded guilty to securities fraud in December 2005. He is serving a 5 1/2 -year prison term and had asked to be placed at Bastrop.
Ed Bales, managing director of Federal Prison Consultants in Wilmington, Del., said the Bastrop facility mirrors minimum-security camps throughout the federal prison system: no bars and no barbed wire. It is adjacent to Bastrop's low-security facility, which has the requisite fencing and barbed wire.
Only nonviolent inmates who are not considered escape risks with sentences of 10 years or less can be assigned to camps. They cannot leave the site.
Camp inmates work in menial jobs, and often white-collar types like Causey end up helping teach fellow inmates seeking general equivalency diplomas or in other classes.
"It'll be a boring existence," Bales said.
The camp houses about 180 inmates, while the low-security facility houses nearly 1,200.
Former Enron treasurer Ben Glisan Jr., 40, went to Bastrop's camp — his prison of choice — immediately after pleading guilty to conspiracy in September 2003. Glisan was later moved to another prison in Beaumont and is scheduled to wrap up his sentence this month.
Glisan has been confined at his home since September.
Former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow, Causey's onetime peer, also asked to be placed at Bastrop last September when he was sentenced to six years in prison for orchestrating myriad schemes to cook Enron's books while enriching himself.
But the Bureau of Prisons placed Fastow at a federal lockup in Oakdale, La.
Former midlevel finance executive Dan Boyle, who was convicted by a jury of fraud and conspiracy in 2004, is serving a three-year, 10-month term there as he had asked. Former investor relations chief Mark Koenig, who is awaiting word of where he must serve an 18-month term for aiding and abetting securities fraud, has asked to be placed at Beaumont.
Michael Kopper, Fastow's former top lieutenant, also is awaiting word on whether he can serve his three-year, one-month term for conspiracy at a Pensacola, Fla., prison as requested.
Others, like Fastow, also didn't get the prison assignments they wanted.
Skilling had asked to serve his 24-year, four-month term at a lockup in Butner, N.C. He was placed at a facility in Waseca, Minn., about 75 miles south of Minneapolis. Skilling was convicted in May of 19 counts of fraud, conspiracy, insider trading and lying to auditors. He plans to appeal.
And Fastow's wife, Lea, served a year at a federal detention center in downtown Houston that houses violent and nonviolent inmates, many of whom are awaiting trial.
She had hoped to be assigned to a minimum-security women's prison in Bryan after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor tax crime for helping her husband hide Enron kickbacks from the government.
Billingsley said the Bureau of Prisons considers security needs, sentence length, any history of violence or escapes and medical and program needs into account when placing inmates.
"We attempt to place offenders within 500 miles of their release residence," she said, meaning their homes.


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