Attorneys representing ousted HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy have until Tuesday to respond to the government's contention that Scrushy's assets should not be released to him.
Federal prosecutors were granted a court order Nov. 3 to restrain nearly $279 million of Scrushy's assets. The targeted assets include four homes, paintings, diamond rings, cars and boats.
Scrushy's lawyers filed a motion Nov. 28 challenging the freeze on as much as $79 million arguing the money is unrelated to the charges against Scrushy.
On Friday, prosecutors filed a court motion saying Scrushy's latest legal attempts to gain access to his frozen assets are without merit and should be denied.
Scrushy faces an 85-count indictment that charges him with conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, securities fraud and money laundering in connection to massive accounting fraud at HealthSouth. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and blames the fraud on subordinates.