June 28th, 2007
10:48 PM ET
11 years ago

Former Ala. governor, ex-HealthSouth CEO sentenced to prison

(CNN) - Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and ex-HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy were both sentenced to more than six years in prison for their roles in a corruption case dating from Siegelman's term in office. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller sentenced Siegelman to seven years and four months in federal prison and fined him $50,000.

A jury in Montgomery convicted him last June of charges including bribery, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and four counts of mail fraud and obstruction of justice, but acquitted him of numerous other counts, including racketeering and extortion.

Scrushy - who was acquitted in a massive corporate fraud case involving HealthSouth in 2005 - was sentenced to six years and 10 months in prison and fined $150,000. He was convicted of bribery, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and four counts of mail fraud.

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  1. Tom Kinser, Atlanta, GA

    It's about time. However, the fine is pocket chanage for Scrushy. No doubt he keeps all his assets and will return to his rich lifestyle by 2014.

    June 28, 2007 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Lock em up, join the crowd...we'll need to build a new jail for scumbags like him. Say hi to Duke Cunnigham and the gang.

    I'm sure that there are a lot more crooks out there that have not been caught yet.

    Disgusting he had the nerve to ask for mercy that swine.

    June 29, 2007 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  3. James Jones, Halifax, NS, Canada

    We are used to prime ministers having to rule with a minority support in Canada. The current Bush Cheney administration seems similar to the Hitler bunker in 1945. They are out of touch with reality. How can the USA export democracy to the world when they do not practise it themselves?

    July 2, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |