Obituaries in the News
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Denver (AP) - Thomas W. Hall, a former Qwest Communications
executive and the first person sentenced in the
telecommunications company's accounting scandal, died Monday of
brain cancer, his family and attorney said. He was 55.
Hall died in Chicago, where he and his wife had moved after
leaving a Denver suburb, attorney Jeffrey Springer said.
Halls' death came on the day prosecutors in Denver began their
insider trading case against former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio. The
allegations against Hall and Nacchio were not directly related,
but regulators accuse Qwest of massive accounting fraud.
Prosecutors brought criminal charges against seven former
managers, including Hall.
Hall pleaded guilty in 2004 to a misdemeanor charge of
falsifying documents stemming from allegations that he and three
other former Qwest managers improperly booked nearly $34 million
from a deal to connect Arizona schools to the Internet.
Springer said Hall pleaded guilty to end a long criminal case
that had left him broke.
Hall had been a senior vice president in Qwest's global business
unit. He and three other former executives were originally
charge with 12 felony counts. In an April 2004 trial, the jury
deadlocked on the charges against Hall and one other defendant
and acquitted the other two.
Hall was re-indicted on four counts; he agreed to plead guilty
to the single misdemeanor count before his retrial.
Hall testified that he had trusted Qwest's finance, accounting
and legal staff to execute the Arizona transaction properly. He
said he broke no laws but took responsibility for failing to
keep himself and a subordinate from becoming involved.