Four former executives of Berkshire Hathaway's General Re have just been found guilty in a closely watched criminal fraud trial. A former executive of American International Group was also convicted by the jury, following a one-month federal court trial in Hartford, Connecticut.
All five were accused of creating and hiding an illegal deal to make AIG's reserves look better than they actually were in 2000 and 2001.
The defense in the trial had floated the idea of calling Berkshire Chairman Warren Buffett to the stand, in an effort to show that he knew what the defendants were doing, didn't try to stop them and didn't think there was anything wrong with it. The defense has portrayed the deal in question as a perfectly legal transaction.
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