Birmingham, AL – Former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy has fewer charges against him now, but he also has some new ones. A new indictment adds perjury and obstruction of justice charges to the criminal case against him. Meanwhile, prosecutors have consolidated conspiracy and fraud charges against Scrushy. He now faces 58 criminal counts instead of 85. Scrushy appeared before Federal Magistrate Judge T- Michael Putnam yesterday. Scrushy has pleaded innocent to all charges. His trial is scheduled to begin January fifth.
Birmingham, AL – U-S Attorney Alice Martin says she will not seek more prison time for former HealthSouth executive Emery Harris. Harris had been ordered to undergo a second sentencing. He has already served five months in prison and is currently serving five more months of house arrest. Martin's revelation followed a recent decision from the Eleventh U-S Circuit Court of Appeals. It ruled that a judge overestimated the amount of money Harris cost investors in HealthSouth's accounting scandal.