The Birmingham News reports today that Richard Scrushy threatened to fire HealthSouth’s investment bankers if they didn’t make a substantial donation to then-Gov. Don Siegelman’s lottery campaign. Scrushy of course claims that this is just “business as usual”.
Former HealthSouth Chief Financial Officer Mike Martin testified that Scrushy initiated the quest for a $250,000 donation from a Maryland company – a check that federal prosecutors contend was part of a bribe to former Gov. Don Siegelman for seats on a state health board.
Scrushy’s trial is scheduled to start May 1. I hope this jury isn’t as easily fooled as the last one; Scrushy was acquitted of charges that he falsified HealthSouth’s financial statements by claiming that he had no idea what was going on in his own company.