Corporate Compliance

Scrushy acquitted on all charges

Compliance Monitor, June 29, 2005

Since 2003, 15 former HealthSouth executives have pleaded guilty in a $2.7 billion healthcare fraud scheme. But the man suspected as the ringleader, former CEO Richard Scrushy, is free after he was acquitted Tuesday of all 36 counts listed on his indictment, the Associated Press (AP) reported June 28.

Scrushy, the first CEO ever charged under the Sarbanes-Oxley law, was facing charges of fraud, false corporate reporting, and making false statements to regulators, according to the AP report. He maintained all along that his subordinates--including all five chief financial officers who served under him--were reponsible for the fraud.

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