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The Alabama Supreme Court has rejected Richard Scrushy's final appeal of a $2.9 billion verdict over the huge fraud that occurred while he was running HealthSouth Corp.

The justices refused to rehear Scrushy's last-ditch appeal in a decision released Friday.

A judge in Birmingham ruled in a civil lawsuit in 2009 that Scrushy was the "CEO of the fraud" at HealthSouth and ordered him to pay $2.9 billion in compensation. Scrushy appealed the judgment but lost.

Shareholder lawyers already have confiscated more than $100 million worth of Scrushy's homes, accounts, farms, cars, jewelry, aircraft, boats, furniture and other property.

The former CEO is in federal prison serving an almost seven-year term in a state bribery scheme. His wife has moved to Texas to be nearer the prison where he's incarcerated.

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