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Employment History


HealthSouth Corp.




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was friend of Leslie Scrushy
Leslie Scrushy Wife of Scrushy former employee of HealthSouth Partner with Scrushy in Capstone Capital, and founded Meadowbrook with Michael Martin-which did a $45 million deal with HealthSouth

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was friend of Leslie Scrushy
Leslie Scrushy Wife of Scrushy former employee of HealthSouth Partner with Scrushy in Capstone Capital, and founded Meadowbrook with Michael Martin-which did a $45 million deal with HealthSouth Founded at HealthSouth, their primary customer, and heavily invested in by Scrushy Scrushy was an investor Scrushy was chairman of the board & (briefly) CEO, Larry House was CEO, Tadd McVay was a VP, Michael Martin was a board member and other directors included HS board members Striplin and Newhall. Scrushy was on the board Scrushy was on the board

Report from Birmingham » The Dog Days of Richard M. Scrushy [cached]

Leslie sent him a couple of notes, via an attorney who works in Fred Helmsing's firm.Leslie Scrushy is vigorously shaking her head and she later leans over with her head down, shaking a little.Praying?Crying?Thinking about what a long time it's been.It has been a long time to be a defendant.At the end of the day Scrushy is standing, smiling, looking relaxed, comfortable.

Ex-CEO Cleared in $2.7-Billion Fraud - Yahoo! News [cached]

Scrushy himself was ordained last year as a nondenominational Christian minister.Describing his ordeal as "two years of torture," Scrushy asked: "What happened to the compassion in this world?"Scrushy has contended that the accounting fraud was perpetrated by subordinates without his knowledge.Despite his acquittal, the company says he will not be welcomed back as an executive.U.S. Atty.Alice H. Martin, the chief prosecutor, shook hands with Scrushy in the courtroom after the verdicts and they exchanged brief words."We thought we had strong evidence with the testimony of five CFOs and ,audio, tapes in which Mr. Scrushy indicated that he knew all was not right with the financial reports," she said. In fact, Charles Russell, Scrushy's chief spokesman, was home in Colorado on Tuesday.Several said Scrushy, who did not take the witness stand during the trial, was a smart businessman who had no motive to lead a fraud at a company that he built. "The smoking gun just wasn't there pointing to Mr. Scrushy." Scrushy, who began his career as a respiratory therapist, became a philanthropist in the Birmingham area as his health services empire expanded. But after the HealthSouth investigation began in early 2003, Scrushy's public profile took on an increasingly religious cast.Long an evangelical Christian, he left his church in the upscale suburbs and joined Bishop Lowe's Guiding Light congregation in Birmingham's blue-collar Roebuck section. He and his wife began hosting a paid, half-hour morning prayer program on local TV.Their guests often included black clergy members. Critics portrayed these efforts as a cynical attempt to influence Birmingham's large African American and evangelical Christian jury pool.The 12 jurors who acquitted Scrushy included seven African Americans. Jurors on Tuesday denied that race played a part in their verdicts. "I don't know what part of Alabama you've been hanging out in," said Juror No. 300, a black man. "But where I work, there are several whites who hang out with blacks." Prosecutors alleged that Scrushy had induced subordinates to inflate HealthSouth's reported earnings by $2.7 billion from 1996 to 2002 to meet Wall Street's increasingly rosy expectations. Scrushy has said he hopes to return to the company he founded, but HealthSouth's new management said Tuesday that would not happen. "Under no circumstances will Mr. Scrushy be offered any position within the company by this management team or by this board of directors," HealthSouth Chairman Bob May said in a statement. Scrushy remains on the HealthSouth board because, the company said, he has refused "numerous" requests to resign. Since removing Scrushy as chief executive in March 2003, the board has been meeting without him.The other directors formed a special committee without Scrushy and have been meeting in that context. Scrushy can be removed from the board only by a vote of shareholders.Because the company has not been up to date with its financial filings, it has been unable to hold an annual meeting.Such a meeting is expected to be held next year. Scrushy still faces civil fraud charges brought by the SEC, seeking unspecified fines and restitution, as well as private lawsuits from HealthSouth shareholders.The company's stock, which traded at about $30 a share before being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange

Former HealthSouth CEO Scrushy turns televangelist [cached]

Since March, Scrushy and his wife, Leslie, have been hosting a half-hour talk show every weekday morning on a local independent TV station here.Most mornings, "Viewpoint "opens with a prayer from Leslie Scrushy, but it is Richard who animates the program.Scrushy also hosted a local radio show prior to his ouster last year, starring himself and Jason Hervey, a former child actor who played Wayne Arnold on "The Wonder Years".Scrushy had hired Hervey as head of communications for HealthSouth, and each Tuesday evening, they traded banter on the air while calling each other "Cowboy" and "Gator."During the Oct. 5 telecast, Scrushy talked about the power of faith and belief, criticizing people who whine about their circumstances, "talking and groaning and, 'I don't think I can do this' ... rather than taking a positive attitude and realizing where they need to be in Christ, and where they need to be every day in Scripture and where they need to walk."Scrushy's call to the Christian faithful sounded similar to the motivational speech he gave to employees soon after founding HealthSouth in 1984.At that time, Scrushy complained that he and a few others were doing all the work.He drew a rudimentary sketch of a wagon being pulled by two people while bystanders watched.The point, Scrushy argued then and many times afterward, was for all HealthSouth employees to pull the wagon.The metaphor eventually defined HealthSouth's self-image after a sculpture of a wagon and stick figures was erected at the company's modern headquarters outside Birmingham."When we were called and given the opportunity to do this television show," Scrushy continued in the same telecast, "we called up some of our dear friends and people we believe in. (They said,) 'You don't want to do that.That's too much work.You'll be attacked.' They were right.You know what those people are saying today? 'Thank God you did this.' We saw an opportunity.We saw a ministry.This wasn't about Leslie and Richard.Moments later, Scrushy delivered a message that would sound strange to the enemies, real and perceived, he has accumulated in his career: "It's not what people say about you that matters.It's what God sees in you that matters."That's a radically different message from the one found on Scrushy's own Web site,, which regularly blasts stories from the local paper that he deems unfair.As CEO of HealthSouth, Scrushy took legal action against people who criticized him."The Birmingham News" reported that in 1998, for example, Scrushy hired a private investigator to uncover the identity of someone who criticized him and his family on an Internet message board, and then sued that individual for libel.Scrushy refused to be interviewed for this article.According to his spokesman, the HealthSouth founder was unhappy with how he was portrayed in a USA TODAY story last year that included a detailed description of his lifestyle.Scrushy loosedFor most of the past month, Scrushy has devoted his show to a 40-day prayer movement in Birmingham dubbed "City, thou art loosed."Hammock agreed, and Scrushy has devoted more than 30 shows to the topic.Asked whether Scrushy might be using him to improve his chances of winning an acquittal at trial next year, Hammock says, "I've been asked that question many times.Before his ouster from HealthSouth, Scrushy contributed company funds to various schools in the Birmingham area.According to a court filing by the U.S. Attorney, Scrushy made the donations on the condition that a building or library be named after him.Scrushy's actions now show his legacy is still on his mind.He named his infant son Jaden Malachi, an Old Testament name that means messenger of God.According to his Web site, Scrushy's wife gave birth to the boy (Scrushy's ninth child from three marriages) in September.On his Oct. 5 show, Scrushy talks about raising children and laments the materialism that has taken over society.He urges his viewers to think twice about the advertising that bombards them."It's a real problem.If you can put God in your life, and you have a church, you've got a pastor that is teaching and feeding you, you've filled yourself with the spirit and accepted Christ, you become somebody else.Once you are filled with the spirit, a lot of that stuff (advertising) doesn't sink in anymore."As a man who spent much of his business life accumulating the trappings of wealth, Scrushy knows whereof he speaks.The government has tried to freeze $278 million of Scrushy's assets, claiming that the money for them came from years of illegally inflating HealthSouth's stock price.When he was ousted from HealthSouth last year, he owned two airplanes, dozens of automobiles, nine boats, several million dollars of jewelry that he had bought for himself or his wife and properties valued at more than $22 million.Scrushy's legal team, headed by Watkins, has filed a blizzard of legal motions and challenges aimed at undercutting the government's case.Scrushy's lawyers have argued against the legality of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, under which Scrushy has been charged, and questioned Martin's handling of the grand jury investigation into wrongdoing at HealthSouth.It is expected they will testify that Scrushy orchestrated the fraud at HealthSouth.Scrushy is ready for battle.Outside Guiding Light Church in a suburban neighborhood beyond the Birmingham airport, where Scrushy attends Sunday services and films his TV show, the message board displays the following exhortation from Pastor Jim Lowe: "Don't abort your trial.

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