As expected, Richard Scrushy, founder and former CEO of HealthSouth Corp., refused to answer questions during a House subcommittee hearing on his role in alleged fraud at the Birmingham, Ala.-based rehabilitation and surgery center chain. The hearing today by the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on oversight and investigations was the first to examine the company's finances. HealthSouth has been accused of inflating its profits by billions of dollars. Twelve witnesses were scheduled to testify, but the spotlight was on Scrushy, who four days earlier pronounced his innocence on the CBS show "60 Minutes." Scrushy said the hearing was unfair, because other former HealthSouth officials who implicated Scrushy in the alleged accounting fraud were not called to testify. Scrushy invoked his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination repeatedly as members of Congress questioned him about whether he ordered others to enhance HealthSouth's finances to meet Wall Street projections. -- by Tony Fong
Before House panel, Scrushy's lips are sealed
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