Enron-Dyncorp: Harvard insider Pug Winokur denies fraud
The earth is not dying. It is being killed, and the
people killing it have names and addresses.
Here’s a name and an address —
HERBERT S. (PUG) WINOKUR,
Chairman of Enron Finance Committee & Dyncorp Compensation Committees
30 East Elm Street
Greenwich, Connecticut 06830
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In Congressional Testimony on February 7, 2002, Herbert S. (“Pug”)
Winokur, Chairman of the Enron Finance Committee, gave an opening statement that he had been “misled” by Enron management, Enron’s auditor Arthur Andersen and Enron’s counsel Vinson & Elkins.
Every trucker and teacher in my West Tennessee home of Hickory Valley
knows that Mr. Winokur’s whining is yah-yah.
We are paying $150,000 a year to our Congressman and two Senators
to help Mr. Winokur and his pals steal from us.
Congress is stalling for time, while Mr. Winokur and his pals dish out “yah-yah” their collegues shred documents, transfer assets and stolen cash gets tucked away.
As an Assistant Secretary in the first Bush Administration, I cleaned
up the Iran Contra financial fraud, known as the S&L crisis and the HUD scandal. That was another very expensive stink engineered between Houston and Wall Street banks, just like Enron.
Later as the head of my own private investment bank, I helped clean up the BCCI stealing. With many years experience dealing with high stakes stealing, rest assured you can trust your intuition — Congress and the Department of Justice has taken the art of cover up and providing air cover to white collar criminals to new heights of mendacity.
Did your Congressional representatives and Attorney General press for seizures of records and cash for the last few months while the money was getting away? No siree!
While Mr. Winokur was spinning his yah-yah, the Wall Street law firms
of Sullivan & Cromwell and Covington & Burling were quietly closing the transfer of the Enron Online trading operation to UBS, one of the largest Swiss banks.
While Mr. Winokur’s whining distracted us through C-SPAN, Wall Street got safely away with the family jewels and dirty laundry.
Not a word did we hear on Thursday about getting cash back or holding
up any transfers to a Swiss bank, until we are sure we have the
investigatory control necessary to protect our interests.
Everyone here in Tennessee knows the expression, “Possession is 99% of the law.”
The real deal is that the Swiss now have possession.
We folks in West Tennessee are busy. As I drive all over the country, folks say the same thing wherever I go. We are pressed for time. Somebody has to do the real work, while our leaders are preoccupied with stealing our money and keeping us in the dark.
We have more important things to do then to spend hours listening to yah-yah constructed by a team of fancy lawyers, whose core competency is “lying for money.”
To buy groceries and health care insurance, we need cash. That takes a lot of time if you do it with honest work.
To help my fellow citizens hold Mr. Winokur and our representatives
accountable, I drafted a list of follow up questions for Mr. Winokur.
I have sent them to him at his last posted e-mail address.
As I finished the questions, an e-mail came in from the Chief
Information Officer of the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding a prior inquiry I made regarding DynCorp’s management of sensitive information systems at the SEC.
Mr. Winokur’s firm is the lead investor in DynCorp, and he is on the DynCorp board of directors. Mr. Winokur’s involvement in DynCorp as well as his leadership of the largest private endowment investors in the country, the Harvard Endowment, are integral to his role in the Enron affair and his ability to ensure that no Congressman dare cross him and his pals.
Here is a copy of the SEC’s letter to me, my response to the SEC and my questions for Mr. Winokur.
My prayer is that these materials will be useful in exercising
your responsibility as a citizen, or as a shareholder, or constituent
in any of the organizations and companies in which Mr. Winokur has
power and influence to manage resources on your behalf.
Now it’s your turn. Do your duty.
Ms. Catherine Austin Fitts
Via email: [email protected]
Dear Ms. Fitts,
Thank you for your electronic mail message on January 14, 2001 to our
Office of the Inspector General. The message was forwarded to me for response. I appreciate your bringing the DynCorp Inc. article in Insight magazine to our attention.
We have had discussions with senior DynCorp officials and understand
that the alleged activities noted in the Insight article were thoroughly investigated by both DynCorp and the Department of the Army, and appropriate action has been taken. In addition, the DynCorp organization that provides the SEC with IT infrastructure support is a completely separate organization (Information & Enterprise Technology subsidiary) from the organization
referenced in the article, and none of the personnel assigned to the
SEC have had any involvement with the referenced contract.
Again, I appreciate your concern and bringing the article to our
CIO, Securities and Exchange Commission
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DynCorp Disgrace, by Kelly O’Meara
(Cover Story, Insight Magazine, February 4, 2002)
Employees of the corporation have been buying and selling women and
young girls for sex while working under contract for the United States.
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February 8, 2002
Thank you very much for your response.
DynCorp’s lead investor is Herbert S. Winokur’s company, Capricorn
Holdings. Mr. Winokur is the former Chairman of DynCorp and currently sits on their board as does his partner, Dudley Mecum. He is currently the chair of DynCorp’s compensation committee. That is the person who leads the process to determine how much all the senior management gets paid —both salary and stock options. DynCorp’s most recent proxy lists their auditor as Arthur Andersen.
Mr. Winokur is also the chair of the Finance Committee of Enron. This
is the person on the board who is most responsible for the board in ensuring that the company’s finances are managed on a sound and prudent basis commensurate with optimizing shareholder’s value. Mr. Winokur testified before Congress today on behalf of a special committee of the Enron board. He indicated that he and his fellow board members had been misled by Enron’s management,Enron’s auditor, Arthur Andersen, and their outside general counsel, Vinson & Elkins.
Under these circumstances, I would like your official position on the
internal control issues related to:
1. DynCorp’s management of SEC and Department of Justice computer
systems used by the enforcement teams currently investigating criminal and civil allegations regarding fraud and obstruction of justice by Enron, Enron’s board (including Mr. Winokur) and Arthur Andersen, including their admission of document shredding.
2. Use by the SEC of any information systems contractors that have
Arthur Andersen as an auditor or critical joint venture partner or
subcontractor and the internal control implications to the SEC of doing so.
3. Accessibility through your website of the SEC contract budget so
that investors can understand the potential for conflicts of interest
created by government outsourcing critical information systems (and access to internal knowledge) to companies whose investors benefit from changes in SEC policies.
I would also like to know what contracts Arthur Andersen has with the
SEC and whether or not —given their admission of document destruction and Mr. Winokur’s testimony regarding their lying to board members–you plan to continue to use such a company? My understanding is that most government contracts permit an immediate cancellation for convenience.
Thank you very much for your response and attention to this matter. I
believe it goes to the heart of the SEC mission of ensuring the
transparency of financial information that is an essential prerequisite for free markets. For the SEC to do that it must have the ability to protect its own privacy and the integrity of its information and information systems and its own financial reporting and management.
Good housekeeping starts at home.
Very Truly Yours,
Catherine Austin Fitts,
Former Assistant Secretary of Housing, First Bush Administration.
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REPORT TO SOLARI ACTION NETWORK
February 8, 2002
Mr. Herbert S. (“Pug”) Winokur
Chairman, Finance Committee, Enron
in response to his Congressional testimony today:
Today in testimony you said that the Enron bankruptcy was a result of
Enron management, their auditor Arthur Andersen and outside general counsel Vinson Elkins misleading you and the other directors and not doing their job properly.
Can you explain:
1. Why your company DynCorp uses Arthur Andersen as it auditor? I am
assuming that you as a lead investor and member of the DynCorp board
would not jeopardize your investment and shareholder’s investment by
retaining an auditor who had misled you and a board in a manner that would lead to such a collapse.
2. Why as a member of Harvard Corporation’s board would you have less
foresight than your largest money manager Highfields Capital as well as your fellow board members who had the foresight to make substantial profits from selling or shorting Enron stock while you and your board members were in this state of “unaware” you so well described? How is that Highfields had access to this information and you did not?
3. As a member of Harvard Corporation’s board and a GP of Capricorn
Holding’s partnerships, are you taking the appropriate action to have
Vinson & Elkins and Arthur Andersen removed from any relationship or work for any of the investments of these entities? Under the laws governing your responsibilities, what is the liability to you and your fellow fiduciaries of permitting these firms to continue if –as you say — they are responsible for causing the biggest bankruptcy in history and doing so by helping management mislead their own board.
4. Is the timing of the Power’s report of the Enron board special
committee and your testimony after Arthur Andersen and Enron documents have been shredded and Enron Online (the Enron group with all the large mysterious trading with Citigroup, JP Morgan-Chase, UBS, DeutscheBank and the other large banks active with Enron in the offshore derivative and gold markets) transferred more than coincidental?
5. Given the performance of Enron’s auditor Arthur Andersen, do you
believe that the federal government should continue to outsource large amounts of its most sensitive information systems, procurement and accounting and payments systems and/or advisory work related to same to Arthur Andersen?
What about other auditors who have participated in significant
restatements of earnings and who have significant corporate relationships with companies that can benefit from access to sensitive government information or trading on inside information?
6. Do you believe that it is a conflict of interest for your company
DynCorp to manage many of the information systems for the people working on criminal and civil investigations (Department of Justice, SEC and FBI) of you and your colleague’s role in Enron fraud and shredding of documents/obstruction of justice as well as fraud and obstruction of justice by Enron’s auditor Arthur Andersen and attorneys Vinson & Elkins?
7. Would you care to comment on why the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Department of Defense (DOD) and some of the other federal agencies for which your company DynCorp manages highly sensitive information systems are reported to be missing so much money; over $3 trillion since fall of 1997? Do you have any idea where that money is or if it was laundered out of the country into offshore accounts? As a highly experienced financial fiduciary with intimate knowledge of the federal information systems as the former Chairman and current board member of DynCorp, perhaps you could illuminate for us some of the ways that this much money could be fraudulently moved out of the bank accounts held by the NY Fed and its members as depository and trustee for the US Treasury and federal agencies and moved off shore through thousands of off shore subsidiaries and special purpose entities?
8. In light of the fact that the federal government is paying millions to have private contractors manage their accounting and information systems, yet those systems never seem to work and now trillions are missing, would you care to comment as to whether outsourcing our governments financial systems to private contractors whose investors profit from the same or other companies selling good and services to these same agencies makes sense?
9. As chairman of the Enron finance committee and a member of the
executive committee are you responsible to ensure that the board hires and retains management, auditors and attorneys who do not mislead the board or others? If that is not your responsibility, whose responsibility is it?
10. Under the standards of sound fiduciary management, you as board
member and chair of the Finance Committee are responsible to ensure that the company’s finances are properly managed.
If you are someone who is so easily misled by management, attorneys and auditors do you consider yourself competent to serve on any boards of directors of organizations with large financial and resource responsibilities? Based on the results to shareholders, creditors and taxpayers, do you draw any connection between the performance of Enron or government agencies such as DOD and HUD losing billions of other people’s money and your performance as board member or contractor?
10. Do you believe that Enron should continue to serve as a government
contractor when its management, auditors and lawyers are people who you believe would mislead their own board?
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E-MAIL TO MR. WINOKUR
I have posted the following questions to the Solari Action Network as a suggested follow up to your Congressional testimony.
I would welcome the opportunity to circulate your reply.
Catherine Austin Fitts
Attached: Report to Solari Action Network of February 8 Questions for
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THE HARVARD MILITIA TO THE RESCUE
To read Harvard Watch’s excellent report, “Trading Truth at Harvard: A
Report on Harvard’s Enron Entanglements, ” covering (i) Enron and Mr.
Winokur’s use of Harvard’s Kennedy and Business Schools to influence
government policy on outsourcing of defense functions to private
contractors and energy deregulation, (ii) Highfields Capital’s profits on Enron short selling and (iii) various relations between Harvard and Enron, see:
To support their excellent recommendations, call or write
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— Mr. Summers is also named in the GATA lawsuit in his capacity as
Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton Administration.
— From 1992 through 2000, the Harvard Endowment rose from approximately
$4 billion to $19 billion.