Three former executives at HealthSouth Corp., Birmingham, Ala., yesterday invoked their right to avoid self-incrimination, refusing to answer scores of questions posed by attorneys for company founder and former CEO Richard Scrushy. Ex-CFO Weston Smith, ex-CIO Kenneth Livesay and former Vice President of Finance and Assistant Controller Rebecca Morgan appeared in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, on the seventh day of an ongoing hearing over whether Scrushy will be permitted to access his personal assets during a federal probe of alleged accounting fraud at the company. Scrushy, who has not yet been criminally charged, has requested access to $70 million. Smith, one of eight former HealthSouth executives who have pleaded guilty to criminal charges, rejected an argument by Scrushy's attorneys that Scrushy was set up by others attempting a "corporate coup" led by former CFO William Owens. Meanwhile, yet another ex-CFO, Michael Martin, is expected to become the ninth executive to plead guilty in the case. Martin is set to appear in court April 25. -- by Julie Piotrowski
HealthSouth execs silent in court, citing Fifth
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