The criminal trial of HealthSouth Corp. founder and former CEO Richard Scrushy will begin Feb. 2 under a new court date set in U.S. District Court, Birmingham, Ala. The trial was delayed from a scheduled Jan. 5 start to give prosecutors and Scrushy's defense team more time to prepare. A hearing will be held Dec. 9 on progress in the case. Scrushy was indicted earlier this fall on 85 counts of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering for allegedly leading a scheme to inflate HealthSouth's earnings by more than $2.7 billion since 1996. He is free on a $10 million bond and maintains he is innocent on all charges. Fifteen former HealthSouth officials, including all five past CFOs, have pleaded guilty to various criminal charges in the case. Latest to plead guilty was a former vice president, Catherine Fowler, who said she did not believe Scrushy was involved in the accounting fraud when asked by Judge U.W. Clemon. On Scrushy's personal Web site yesterday, his defense team said, "Ms. Fowler can be added to the long list of former HealthSouth employees who have pleaded guilty to charges of participating in an accounting fraud at HealthSouth and have stated that Mr. Scrushy was not involved." -- by Julie Piotrowski
Scrushy trial rescheduled to start Feb. 2
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