It's the end of the line for high-profile healthcare exec Richard Scrushy, who was sentenced to almost seven years in prison yesterday for his conviction on federal bribery charges. Scrushy, who now runs a church out of a television studio, continues to deny wrongdoing.
Unlike peers involved in similar scandals at Enron, WorldCom and Tyco, Scrushy actually managed to beat federal charges resulting from the spectacular $2.6 billion accounting fraud at HealthSouth. But Scrushy lost the other case against him, in which federal prosecutors alleged he bribed former Alabama governor Don Siegelman. (Siegelman got jail time, too, as part of the same sentencing.) In addition to serving his sentence, Scrushy will have to pay $417,000 in fines and restitution, serve three years of probation and perform 500 hours of community service once he is released.
To find out more about Scrushy's situation:
- read this article from The Boston Globe
PLUS: If you still haven't had enough Scrushy despite his years in the limelight, check out this documentary on YouTube. Video
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