By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Senior Judge Neal Biggers sentenced Tupelo businessman Ray Shoemaker to 55 months in federal prison, a $10,000 fine and three years’ post-release supervision on six counts related to a kickback conspiracy. The crimes centered on Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville, of which Shoemaker was the administrator.
The six sentences are concurrent, and Shoemaker was given until Nov. 1 to report to a Bureau of Prisons facility yet to be named.
A federal jury convicted Shoemaker of 10 counts of a 12-count indictment in February, but Biggers had overturned four of Shoemaker’s convictions as well as all four convictions against co-defendant Earnest Levi “Lee” Garner. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has filed notice of appeal on all the dismissed charges.
Dr. Bob Corkern, a co-defendant who pled guilty and became a prosecution witness, was scheduled for sentencing at the same time, but shortly before Biggers appeared, Corkern and his entourage left the courtroom. No papers setting a new sentencing date had been filed by mid-afternoon Monday.
Read more in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.