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Scrushy asks court to hold fines until appeal resolved

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Imprisoned former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy informed a court Friday that he can pay more than $400,000 in fines and restitution ordered on his bribery conviction, but he asked that the money be held until his appeal is completed.

In his court filing, Scrushy also asked U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller if he is to pay the cost of his incarceration monthly or in a lump sum. Fuller had ordered Scrushy to pay $1,952.66 per month for the cost of his imprisonment and $3,450 a year after he is released for the cost of supervision when he is free on parole.

Paying that amount monthly would make more sense, said the filing, signed by Scrushy attorney Art Leach.

Fuller had ordered Scrushy to pay the fine and restitution by Monday.

But in the filing, Scrushy's attorneys ask that he be given until Sept. 14 "to liquidate sufficient assets to pay the above sums."

Fuller ordered that restitution paid by Scrushy go to the United Way of Central Alabama, but the filing asked that the money be held by the court and not paid to the United Way until Scrushy's appeal has been completed.

Scrushy said his appeal to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could take as long as a year.

Siegelman and Scrushy were convicted last year of bribery and other charges in a government corruption case. Siegelman is serving a more than seven-year sentence at the federal prison in Oakdale, La., and Scrushy is in the federal prison at Beaumont, Texas, serving an almost seven-year sentence.

Siegelman was fined $50,000 and ordered to pay $181,325 in restitution to a state agency where prosecutors said kickbacks were made.

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