Defense expert: HealthSouth fraud too complex for detection

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)_A defense expert testifying today in Richard Scrushy's fraud trial portrayed HealthSouth as the perfect place for a huge fraud.

Forensic accountant Tim Renjilian said it was a scheme that fired CEO Richard Scrushy had little chance of discovering.

In testimony meant to back up defense claims that Scrushy couldn't have figured the scheme, Renjilian described a money management system at HealthSouth that was staggering in size and complexity.

He said the medical services company had more than 2,500 bank accounts and the 15 people who pleaded guilty in the scheme had years of experience in banking and worked with an outside auditor which failed to find the crime.

Renjilian said his firm, FTI Consulting, was paid $1.2 million dollars by the defense for its analysis.

Defense attorneys blames the fraud on the former executives.

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