Seven Years Ago in TIME

Enron executives are hardly the first to be accused of messing with other people's money. A rogue trader at Allied Irish Banks landed in trouble last week for allegedly losing $750 million. Not all have seemed as colorful as NICHOLAS LEESON, who brought down Britain's prestigious Barings Bank with $1.4 billion in concealed losses.

The week before he disappeared, Nicholas Leeson kept throwing up in the bathroom at work. Colleagues didn't know why. He had been working hard, perhaps harder than usual... At the end of trading that [last] day, Leeson gathered up his notes,walked off the floor and began his...

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