Medical kickbacks case goes before appeals court

djournal-Court-News2By Jack Elliott Jr.

Associated Press

JACKSON – A case of bribery and kickbacks involving a north Mississippi hospital will be argued Tuesday before a federal appeals court in New Orleans.

Ray Shoemaker was sentenced in 2012 to 55 months in federal prison on six counts related to a kickback conspiracy. Some other counts were dismissed.

The government is asking the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the dismissed counts. At the same time, it is opposing Shoemaker’s appeal of his conviction.

The government is also asking the 5th Circuit to restore the verdicts against Lee Garner. A Mississippi judge threw out Garner’s conviction in 2012 and ordered a new trial. Garner is fighting the government’s request.

Prosecutors allege Garner paid Shoemaker to increase the use of Garner’s nursing service at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.