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INDUSTRY: Scrushy verdict is in–He walks

So after about 15 years of deliberation, the biggest fraud in the history of health care is coming to its zenith. The news is that the jury has reached a verdict in Scrushy trial. Now we’ll see if all that showing up at black churches and sponsoring Christian boy bands was worth it….

My guess is that in the Michael Jackson tradition he walks, but in my book the crook who blames his underlings and then claims that God forgives him is the lowest kind.

Check back soon for the verdict….

And of course he walks. Not guilty on all charges. Every CFO and person who works there said that he was fully in charge of orchestrating the whole fraud, but up to 200 local preachers appeared on Scrushy’s evangelistic radio show on Alabama cable and said he was innocent. So who would you trust.  A bunch of admitted crooks or emissaries from God?

The amusing thing is that he’ll now try to get control back of HealthSouth. Listening to Jim Cramer on CNBC has been quite amusing…Cramer is not too impressed with the wisdom of the Alabama jury.

Now he’s live on TV giving all the thanks for God, thanking all the pastors and ministers, and everyone who helped get him off.  On CNBC the squawkbox wag said "How about a foursome at the Alabama golf club–Scrushy, OJ, Robert Blake and Jacko?".  His other good line was "Lucky the charge wasn’t ‘Poor interviewing of CFOs" as 5 out of 5 managed to put one over on him…"

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I don’t believe that the legal system is even remotely connected to justice anymore. Might have something to do with the fact the Kaiser attorneys are still getting away with nickel-and-diming me with paperwork in order to extort a Kaiser Victory out of me while nobody seems to be bothering with the fact their legal claim was based on a lie.
When I’m done with corporate corruption, I think I’m going to transfer my energies to the cause of legal reform.

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Speaking of Tenet, the cardiologists “at the heart” of the Redding surgery scandal look like they will get off as well. It seems that it’s just too difficult to prove that doing heart surgeries at many times the national rate is bad medicine:
Medical fraud case in limbo
The Sacramento Bee – Jun 26 9:21 AM
The FBI’s case against two prominent Redding physicians, suspected of performing hundreds of unnecessary heart procedures, appears to have stalled….

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I’ve actually served on two juries in Huntsville, AL (a little north of Birmingham) and they are the screwiest bunch I’ve ever worked with (also sat on juries in Florida and Texas and they are more sane). In the two I spent time on one was a civil suit involving a roofing contractor who in repairing a tar roof poured tar in someone’s family room. Half of the jury wanted to let the guy off completely because the homeowner should have known the price was too low. We ended up requiring he attempt to repair it again as the settlement… Read more »

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The next question is whether HealthSouth can manage to stay in business without defrauding the gov’t and misstating earnings. Others like Tenet have struggled without the benefit of rampant Medicare fraud.
It has to be a special kind of person who will agree to be the next CFO at HealthSouth… given that he seen the previous 5 thrown under the bus.

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I hope you are wrong Matthew. This guy needs to be in prison while his family is vacationing in the south of France.