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A company headed by a HealthSouth director close to ousted CEO Richard Scrushy won a $5.6 million contract from HealthSouth -- but only after revising an earlier, higher bid. That's according to a report in Wednesday's edition of The Birmingham News.

Documents released by Congress show Nelson-Brantley Glass Contractors originally was the high bidder on a construction job it received for a new HealthSouth hospital in October 2002.

Nel-Bran is owned by HealthSouth director Larry Striplin Junior. Records show Nel-Bran dropped its price and won the contract one day after Striplin went to Scrushy's office for a meeting about the work.

Striplin eventually gave up his seat on a key HealthSouth committee, saying he wanted to avoid the appearance of a conflict.

The documents were collected during a congressional investigation into a $2.7 billion accounting fraud at HealthSouth.

Striplin hasn't been charged in the accounting scam. He could not be reached for comment on the construction contract.