Andrew Fastow, who was at the center of the fraud that broughtdown Enron Corp., said he now accepts full responsibility for hisactions after originally viewing himself as a "hero" while chieffinancial officer at the energy trading giant.

Enron used off-books partnerships Fastow created to hidebillions of dollars in losses and debt, distorting the company'sperformance and inflating its share price. When the partnershipswere revealed, Enron's stock nosedived, plunging the company intoinsolvency in weeks.

"I thought I was doing the right thing," Fastow told a packedaudience at the Pendulum summit, which describes itself as a"Business and Self-Empowerment" event, in Dublin. "I thought I wasbeing a hero."

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