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Former HealthSouth whistleblower addresses ethics

by Gabriela Malespin
Publication: Observer Online

April 15, 2014


The following is an excerpt from an Observer Online article that discusses Weston Smith, former CFO at HealthSouth, who was a guest speaker at the Mendoza College of Business. To read the entire article visit: Former HealthSouth whistleblower addresses ethics



Weston Smith, frequent speaker on ethics and integrity on business and former CFO-turned-whistleblower for HealthSouth, presented a talk titled “Crossing the Line: An insider’s story” at the Mendoza College of Business in the Jordan Auditorium.

The talk, sponsored by the Center for Accounting Research and Education, focused on Smith’s time as CFO of HealthSouth Corporation, the United States’ largest owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitative hospitals and subject of a corporate accounting scandal. Smith spoke about CEO Richard Scrushy, the development of the accounting fraud and the impact it had on employees.

“I’m not just talking about a business story, I’m talking about every day life. When I hear people say business ethics I cringe because I think ethics is ethics,” Smith said. “It’s just a question of where it’s played out.”