Chandler to plead guilty Nov. 9 in health care fraud case

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – As expected, former Panola County administrator David Chandler will plead guilty to a multi-count charge for his part in a multi-million-dollar federal health care fraud scheme.

Monday, U.S. District Court records show a Nov. 9 hearing is set for his plea on two counts, although it’s not known publicly exactly what he will say he did.

Judge Sharion Aycock will preside over the 1:30 p.m. hearing in Oxford.

The charges against Chandler are separate from three other men accused out-right in the scandal associated with Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.

Set for a Dec. 12 trial on those charges are Ray Shoemaker of Tupelo, Levi “Lee” Garner of Batesville and Dr. Robert Corkern of Batesville.

Shoemaker was CEO at Tri-Lakes when the alleged fraudulent dealing occurred. He also is accused of embezzlement at another hospital where he was CEO.

All defendants remain free on bond.