A congressional committee has threatened to subpoena Richard Scrushy, but a lawyer for the HealthSouth Corp. founder said no subpoena will be necessary. Jonathan Rose, who is representing Scrushy before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Scrushy will comply with the committee's June 11 request for documents. The committee is investigating what prosecutors describe as $2.5 billion in accounting fraud at HealthSouth, Birmingham, Ala. Rose said most of the documents the committee requested are contained in 30 boxes of documents now in the possession of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC sued HealthSouth and Scrushy in March. "If we've got to copy documents, I consider it harassment, but we'll do it," Rose said. Rose also said that the committee's questioning of Scrushy would be little more than "a Fifth Amendment demonstration" unless the committee grants Scrushy limited immunity to preclude prosecutors from using his congressional testimony as evidence at trial. Ken Johnson, a committee spokesman, said interviews with current and former HealthSouth employees led investigators to suspect that Scrushy has documents not in the SEC file. Johnson also said there will be no immunity offered to Scrushy.-- by Vince Galloro
Lawyer: Scrushy will fulfill committee request
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