A former HealthSouth Corp. vice president, Vincent Nico, was sentenced to three years' probation and a $250,000 fine for pleading guilty to wire fraud in connection with an alleged bribery scheme involving a hospital in Saudia Arabia, according to court records. As part of his plea, Nico also agreed to forfeit $1 million in wrongful gains, the Justice Department said. Meanwhile, sentencing is set for July 28 for former HealthSouth Executive Vice President Thomas Carmen, who pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal authorities in connection with the case. A jury recently acquitted two other former HealthSouth executives charged with participating in the alleged bribery scheme. Prosecutors claimed the men offered annual kickbacks of $50,000 to help HealthSouth win a contract to manage the hospital in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia.
Separately, the jury was to resume deliberations in the criminal trial of HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy after a four-day break. Scrushy allegedly led a conspiracy to falsely inflate the rehabilitation giant's income. He has pleaded not guilty. -- by Joseph Mantone