© D.L. Crumbley
Aiding and abetting is a favorite phrase on cop shows and courtroom dramas. For Motorola Inc. and Scientific-Atlanta Inc., the phrase is hitting close to home these days.
The names of both companies have surfaced frequently in the federal fraud trial of four former executives of Adelphia Communications Corp., most recently in an e-mail message read aloud in court earlier this week that indicated top Scientific-Atlanta executives approved a transaction that allegedly helped Adelphia cook its books.
The electronic message, read by a defense attorney, comes on top of earlier testimony about the same set of transactions by the government’s star witness, former Adelphia finance executive James R. Brown.
Source: Jesse Drucker and Mark Maremont, “An E-Mail Casts Two Key Suppliers As Adelphia Abettors,” WSJ, June 1, 2004, p. C-1.