The growing scandal over the backdating of executive stock options claimed a second local general counsel Tuesday when software maker McAfee Inc. said it had dismissed GC Kent Roberts because of stock option “improprieties” in 2000.

Nationwide, about two dozen companies so far have been approached by the government in connection with backdated options grants. The scandal is fueling anxiety among audit committee members and in-house lawyers, with companies launching internal investigations into their options programs or preparing responses to government inquiries.

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