Ebbers arrives in style at his new home

Former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers drove through the gates of a federal prison at Oakdale, Louisiana, Tuesday to begin a 25-year federal prison sentence on Tuesday for his role in the $11 billion accounting fraud that toppled a company he built from a tiny telecommunications firm to an industry giant.

Behind the wheel of a Mercedes he had driven from Mississippi, Ebbers pulled the bill of his cap down, shielding his face from reporters and photographers, as he drove into the prison.

Ebbers left his upscale, brick-and-stucco home in a gated community in the Jackson suburb of Ridgeland about 8 a.m. Tuesday. He arrived shortly after 1 p.m. at Oakdale.

At his home, he had refused to answer any questions and told an Associated Press reporter to leave.

"You're not even supposed to be on this property," said Ebbers, 65, who answered the door wearing a light blue golf shirt and blue jeans.

Ebbers walked outside, with a cigar in his mouth, to watch the reporter leave his property.