Health fraud case adds a defendant

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Health care executive Ray Shoemaker of Tupelo has a new, unnamed co-defendant on federal fraud allegations.
Last Thursday, the name “John Doe” was added to the case, noting whoever that is has a “true name under seal at this point.”
Shoemaker, 38, and Lee Garner Jr., 66, a Batesville businessmen, were indicted Feb. 24 on multiple counts alleging health care fraud committed while Shoemaker was hospital administrator in Batesville.
The men are accused of a nursing services kickback, fraud and bribery scheme. Shoemaker also is accused of embezzlement from Humphreys County Hospital while he was its administrator.
The pair was scheduled to go on trial Oct. 31, but last week the date was moved to Dec. 12.
The trio faces new charges Oct. 11 in what’s called a “superseding” indictment.
The new date comes, Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. states, “to give the recently indicted named defendant time to adequately prepare for trial.”
The new indictment is sealed, and the third defendant will not be given sufficient time to deal with the evidence against him or her without a later trial date, Biggers said.
The Feb. 24 indictment also named David Chandler, former Panola County administrator, and “other persons” who were not charged in the document as being part of an alleged conspiracy with Garner and Shoemaker.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com