Sentencing slated for Ray Shoemaker

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Tupelo businessman Ray Shoemaker will be sentenced Sept. 24 on remaining charges in a federal hospital embezzlement-bribery case.
Shoemaker maintains he is innocent of those charges.
Also to be sentenced that day will be Robert Corkern, a Batesville physician, who purchased Tri-Lakes Hospital with Shoemaker’s help in 2005.
Corkern pleaded guilty to bribing a former Panola County administrator to use public funds as part of his earnest money to buy the hospital.
Shoemaker was convicted in March but two counts recently were overturned and he was granted a new trial on another charge.
Still, he faces sentence on seven other charges, including an alleged bribery scheme and false statements about hospital financing.
Their hearings begin at 1:15 p.m. before Senior Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. in Oxford.