Catherine Fowler became the 15th former HealthSouth Corp. executive to agree to plead guilty in connection with alleged accounting fraud at the Birmingham, Ala.,-based company, the U.S. attorney in Birmingham said. Fowler, a former vice president of treasury and cash manager, agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to deceive auditors and to maintaining false books and records. Fowler, 46, worked at HealthSouth from May 1994 to March 19, 2003 -- the date the Securities and Exchange Commission charged in a civil lawsuit that the company and founder Richard Scrushy inflated profits by at least $2.5 billion. Scrushy has not been charged criminally. -- by Vince Galloro
15th HealthSouth exec to plead guilty in fraud case
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