Scrushy back in Ala. to face asset questions

Richard Scrushy's mugshot upon entering the Shelby Co. Jail 10/14/09
Richard Scrushy's mugshot upon entering the Shelby Co. Jail 10/14/09

Posted by: John Shryock - bio | email

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WSFA) - Former HealthSouth CEO and convicted felon Richard Scrushy is back in Alabama. Scrushy arrived Wednesday afternoon and was taken to the Shelby County Jail.

He is due back in a Birmingham courtroom Thursday where lawyers for HealthSouth shareholders will question him about his assets.

A civil court judge recently found Scrushy liable for nearly $3 billion in damages, the amount that nearly bankrupted the health rehabilitation company amid an accounting fraud scandal.

Scrushy's homes, boats, cars and other property have since been seized and sold in an effort to pay down the debt.

The plaintiff's attorneys say Scrushy may have improperly transferred some of his assets to relatives, however, and they're planning a fight to gain control those assets.

Scrushy founded the company and nurtured it into a healthcare giant that boasted facilities in every U.S. state. He was at the helm when the company nearly collapsed under bankruptcy brought on by an accounting fraud scandal.

Scrushy is serving time in a Texas prison facility on an unrelated corruption conviction.

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