Skilling also told the Securities and Exchange Commission several years ago that the photo company had a $3,000 contract. When Berkowitz asked Skilling Monday if he was aware that the company did $450,000 in business with Enron, he replied, “I was not aware of that, no.” Skilling also addressed partnerships created and run by former Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow that bought Enron assets and allowed the energy trading company to book earnings. Fastow pleaded guilty in January 2004 to two counts of conspiracy for using those LJM partnerships to help Enron manipulate earnings by buying poor assets from the company while skimming money for himself from other side deals. But Skilling has maintained the partnerships were helpful to Enron because they could conduct deals quickly and possibly pay more for assets than other bidders. He disputed Fastow’s contention that he – along with former Chief Accounting Officer Richard Causey and former Chief Risk Officer Rick Buy – was supposed to sign off on LJM deals to ensure Enron’s interests were protected. On Monday he said he would have been happy to sign any approval documents related to LJM deals had they been sent to him, “and the process, I think, would have maintained its integrity.” Causey and Buy were fired in February 2002 after an internal probe found they failed to oversee LJM deals as required. Causey was bound for trial alongside Skilling and Lay until he pleaded guilty to securities fraud in December. Buy has not been charged with any crimes. Earlier, Skilling said his testimony was not rehearsed, though he has spent years getting ready to be his own most important witness. When asked if he has been counseled by a trial consultant on body language, communicating effectively and how to be persuasive, Skilling replied, “Communicating effectively, yes.” The ex-CEO was matter-of-fact rather than openly combative, though Berkowitz at times cut him off. Prosecutors allege Skilling and Lay repeatedly lied to investors and employees about Enron’s health, spouting false optimism that hid weak business ventures and using accounting tricks that hid debt and inflated profits. The two defendants say no fraud occurred at Enron, and the company spiraled into bankruptcy proceedings in December 2001 because of bad publicity and lost market confidence. Enron’s flameout left thousands of workers jobless and wiped out billions of dollars in investments. Other Skilling statements that Berkowitz challenged Monday included the ex-CEO’s assessment of the worth of Enron’s hodgepodge of international assets when he abruptly resigned from the company in mid-August 2001, as well as his insistence that his Enron stock sales, which grossed $63 million for him in 2000 and 2001, were proper. Last week, Skilling told jurors he didn’t remember telling his broker to sell 200,000 of his Enron shares less than a month after he resigned. That sale was held up, and Skilling ended by selling 500,000 Enron shares on Sept. 17, 2001, which was the first day the markets opened after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Prosecutors say he ordered the Sept. 17 sale because he knew Enron was in trouble, not because of the 9-11 effects. Skilling faces 28 counts of fraud, conspiracy, insider trading and lying to auditors, while Lay faces six counts of fraud and conspiracy.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventBerkowitz noted that Skilling had invested in 2000 and 2001 in a photo-sharing business that was run by his ex-girlfriend and that did business with Enron. Skilling said he didn’t disclose his investment to Lay or Enron’s board, even though it may have been a violation of the company’s code of ethics. “It may be. It didn’t occur to me,” Skilling said. Skilling told jurors he invested $60,000 in the business, but Berkowitz presented canceled checks and a copy of a wire transfer that showed the ex-CEO invested three times that much. “$180,000, is that correct?” Berkowitz asked. “I guess so,” Skilling said glumly. HOUSTON – Former Enron Corp. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling on Monday denied having tailored his testimony to counter government allegations that he knew his company resorted to accounting tricks and other fraud to post impressive results. As his cross-examination by prosecutor Sean Berkowitz began in the 12th week of the trial in which he and Enron founder Kenneth Lay are charged with fraud and conspiracy, Skilling reiterated his testimony that he had nothing to hide. “I have nothing to hide, Mr. Berkowitz,” Skilling said. “I don’t think it’s a question of tailoring your testimony. I will respond to your questions to the best of my ability.” The prosecutor, seeking to point out possible conflicts and inconsistencies in actions and statements by the ex-CEO, raised one that appeared to attack Skilling’s truthfulness, though it was unrelated to the criminal counts against him.