A federal judge sentenced a former HealthSouth Corp. vice president of finance to one year in prison and two years of probation for pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud. The government alleged that the former executive, Jason Brown, 36, helped inflate HealthSouth's earnings and assets by misstating income and falsifying records and corporate filings beginning in 1998. Brown was one of 15 former HealthSouth officials to plead guilty in connection with a $2.6 billion fraud scheme at the Birmingham, Ala.-based company. Former controller Hannibal Crumpler is scheduled to be sentenced in May. Earlier this month, former CFO William Owens, 47, was sentenced to five years in prison and two years of probation. -- by Mark Taylor
Former HealthSouth VP sentenced to year in prison
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