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No objection to Scrushy's restitution plan

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Federal prosecutors have no objection to former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy paying more than $400,000 in fines and restitution into a special account pending the outcome of his appeal.

Last week, Scrushy filed court papers saying he was ready to pay a $150,000 fine and $267,000 in restitution.

But he asked that he be allowed to pay the fine and restitution to the U.S. District Court's registry, where it would be held pending the outcome of his appeal.

In court papers filed Friday, federal prosecutor Louis Franklin said that "the government does not oppose defendant's request."

But Franklin said there were still some minor issues to be worked out.

Scrushy's restitution is supposed to go to the United Way of Central Alabama.

Scrushy's attorney, Art Leach, said it's not unreasonable to ask the United Way and the federal government to wait six months to a year for Scrushy's case to be decided by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller had ordered Scrushy to pay the fine and restitution by Monday, but his attorneys asked last week for him to have until Sept. 14 so he can liquidate some assets.

Scrushy and former Gov. Don Siegelman 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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