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Federal appeals judges have ruled again that five years' probation was insufficient for former HealthSouth chief financial officer Malcolm McVay, who admitted signing a 2002 financial report with phony figures.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday that "probation for a high-ranking officer in a corporation where over a billion dollars of fraud was perpetrated on an unsuspecting work force and investing public is not reasonable."

McVay's five-year probation penalty once before was returned in 2006 for resentencing by an Alabama federal judge, who passed the same sentence.

The government appealed again.

McVay got a year's probation in June in another case, illegally
making a series of cash deposits totalling $182,000.