In 1984, Scrushy founded the outpatient rehabilitation company Amcare—which soon changed its name to HealthSouth—a highly successful company that became publicly traded in 1986. In just three years, HealthSouth had almost $100 million in assets and had doubled its revenues. By 2001, it treated more than 100,000 people a day worldwide and had more than 2,000 locations nationwide. Following an investigation by the FBI, Scrushy in 2005 was acquitted on 36 counts of fraud at HealthSouth that included accusations of using intimidation, threats and payments to coerce executives into committing fraud. A few months later, he was indicted on charges of mail fraud and bribery for accusations of donating $500,000 to former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman's campaign for a seat on the state's hospital regulatory board. Scrushy was convicted on multiple charges and sentenced to about seven years in prison. In 2009, he was ordered to settle a civil lawsuit by paying about $2.9 billion to HealthSouth shareholders.
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