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Another US healthcare giant is hit by scandal

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7424.1128-a (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1128
  1. Ray Moynihan
  1. Washington, DC

    A medical entrepreneur from Alabama is facing charges that he ran an elaborate scheme to defraud shareholders of $2.7bn (£1.6bn; €;2.3bn), by devising fake assets and overstating earnings.

    In March this year agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the Birmingham offices of HealthSouth, a national chain of almost 2000 medical clinics and hospitals specialising in rehabilitation.

    As a result of that raid the former chief executive officer Richard Scrushy last week appeared in a federal court to hear the 85 charges against him. He was then …

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