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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2007

Prosecutors: Siegelman should pay ADECA more

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Prosecutors asked a federal judge Thursday to make former Gov. Don Siegelman pay more than $181,000 in restitution to a state agency or add additional time to his prison sentence.

Siegelman's attorneys have filed a motion asking their client not be required to pay the $181,325 restitution that U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller ordered he pay the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Siegelman's motion argued that a sentencing report prepared by federal probation officers found that restitution was not in order because there were no obvious victims to Siegelman's alleged crimes.

Fuller ordered Siegelman to pay the restitution last week when he sentenced the former governor to more than seven years in prison and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to almost seven years in prison. Siegelman and Scrushy were found guilty of bribery and other charges in a government corruption case.

A motion signed by chief prosecutor Louis Franklin and filed Thursday said the agency should receive the restitution because of money the state allegedly lost because of schemes during Siegelman's administration. But if Fuller removes the restitution, the prosecution motion said he should impose a longer prison sentence.

"To negate the $181,325 in restitution without increasing the penalty in some other way would unfairly reduce the punishment the court obviously considered proper for this defendant," the prosecution motion said.

Siegelman and Scrushy were taken into custody when Fuller announced his sentence last week and are being held at the federal prison in Atlanta.

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