December 16, 2005 |
HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy, who was cleared of orchestrating a $2.7-billion fraud at the company, sued HealthSouth for $70 million that he said he was owed in severance pay and bonuses. The lawsuit filed in Jefferson County, Ala., says that under a 2002 employment agreement, Scrushy is entitled to the pay after being acquitted in June of accounting fraud charges, Scrushy spokesman Charlie Russell said. Scrushy was fired from the company in March 2003 and quit the board Dec.
May 16, 2005 |
For all the dozens of witnesses who testified for and against Richard Scrushy during his fraud trial, the fate of the fired HealthSouth Corp. chief executive may hang on whether jurors believe just a handful. Prosecutors built their case around five former HealthSouth finance chiefs who pleaded guilty to participating in a $2.7-billion fraud and who all -- with varying degrees of detail -- told jurors that Scrushy was in deep too. One of them, Bill Owens, even wore a wire for the FBI.
March 11, 2004 |
Fired HealthSouth Corp. Chief Executive Richard Scrushy filed a complaint accusing prosecutors of misconduct in the probe that led to federal fraud charges against him in connection with a massive accounting scandal. Attorneys for Scrushy said prosecutors and investigators withheld evidence showing Scrushy's innocence during a hearing last year, including comments he made during a conversation secretly recorded by a former HealthSouth financial chief. The complaint was filed against U.S. Atty.
June 23, 2005 |
A judge scuttled a month of unproductive deliberations in the fraud trial of fired HealthSouth Corp. Chief Executive Richard Scrushy on Wednesday as she dismissed a sick juror and ordered the panel to begin work anew with an alternate. Citing a juror's "recurring health problems" that have become worse as days of deliberations turned into weeks, U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre replaced one male juror with another and instructed the panel members to "start from scratch" with their talks.
April 14, 2005 |
A federal judge who dismissed perjury charges against HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy said she did so because the Securities and Exchange Commission engaged in "cloak and dagger activities" that violated his rights. U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre in Birmingham, Ala., ruled that the SEC and Justice Department prosecutors improperly merged their civil and criminal investigations of HealthSouth's accounting on March 12, 2003.
June 29, 2007 |
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison and former HealthSouth Chief Executive Richard Scrushy got nearly seven years Thursday in a bribery and corruption case that the judge said damaged public trust in state government. Siegelman was ordered to pay a fine of $50,000, plus $181,325 to a state agency where prosecutors said kickbacks were made.
June 17, 2003 |
Congress rejected a request by HealthSouth Corp.'s fired Chief Executive Richard Scrushy to give him limited immunity in exchange for his testimony about accounting fraud at the company. Scrushy asked lawmakers for immunity related to an investigation by the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the alleged fraud, which prosecutors have said could reach $2.5 billion. "The committee has no intention of providing any type of immunity deal with Mr.
May 26, 2005 |
The judge in Richard Scrushy's fraud trial is trying to prevent the case against the former HealthSouth Corp. chief executive from winding up in a deadlocked jury and mistrial. Responding to questions from jurors, U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre instructed the panel for a third time Wednesday on a pivotal conspiracy charge, a complicated count one with a verdict form that is four pages long covering a range of alleged white-collar crimes.
August 5, 2005 |
HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy should face civil-fraud charges for his role in "one of the largest financial frauds in U.S. history," the Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday in urging a judge to let the case proceed. The SEC's filing in federal court in Birmingham, Ala., called Scrushy "desperate" for asking last month that the lawsuit be dismissed because of the agency's collaboration with the Justice Department.
February 12, 2005 |
Former HealthSouth Corp. Chief Executive Richard Scrushy told his finance chief to "go down fighting" on the eve of an FBI raid that resulted in fraud charges against several executives from the rehabilitation giant, according to evidence Friday at Scrushy's trial. Unknown to Scrushy when he made the comment, then-Chief Financial Officer Bill Owens already had quit fighting: He was cooperating with prosecutors and wearing a hidden recorder that captured Scrushy's words.