By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Tupelo health consulting executive Raymond Shoemaker wants court approval to subpoena major records to help his trial defense next month.
If they don’t get the records soon, his attorneys say, they’ll have to ask for a delay.
Shoemaker and Batesville businessman Lee Garner go on trial Feb. 21, charged with various federal crimes associated with multi-million-dollar medical fraud. They’ve pleaded not guilty.
Their trial is scheduled in Oxford before Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr.
Friday, Shoemaker asked for a court order to compel certain officials and records to show a chain of evidence from August 2005 until June 2006.
Prosecutors accuse Shoemaker of lying to federal lenders to secure loans to operate Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville, where he was an executive.
They also claim he intended to use $250,000 of a $4 million line of credit for his personal benefit.
Subpoenas are requested for GE Healthcare, UPS Capital, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Physicians and Surgeons Hospital Group, Alliance Health Partners and Batesville Hospital Management.
“If Shoemaker does not receive the documents in advance of trial,” his motion states, “then Shoemaker’s review of these documents will delay trial.”
On Jan. 9, co-defendant Dr. Robert Corkern of Batesville, who bought Tri-Lakes from its public owners, pleaded guilty to bribing former Panola County Administrator David Chandler. In mid-December, Chandler pleaded guilty to an unrelated federal charge.
The two are expected to be key government witnesses in the trial against Shoemaker and Garner.
A few weeks ago, Garner’s attorneys asked Biggers for a separate trial, saying their client’s right to a fair trial would be hurt if tried with Shoemaker.