By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/Daily Journal
ABERDEEN – David Chandler is on the federal docket, again, for sentencing in a fraud-embezzlement scheme while he was Panola County’s administrator.
Chandler pleaded guilty to two counts last Dec. 14 before U.S. District Court Judge Sharion Aycock.
But when he came before her some weeks ago to be sentenced, Aycock apparently wanted more time to consider his punishment and delayed it.
Today, a Feb. 28 date was set for that purpose. He could be sentenced up to 30 years in prison and fined up to $500,000, as well as be ordered to pay restitution.
Chandler was not indicted for any role he may have played in a hospital bribery-kickback scheme that landed former Tupelo businessman Ray Shoemaker in jail.
For a time, Chandler was chairman of the board of Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville, where Shoemaker was a top executive.
Chandler was the government’s main witness against Shoemaker, and the government may ask for leniency for him.
Shoemaker is serving a jail term but has appealed his conviction.
Chandler pleaded guilty to charges brought in what’s called an “information,” accusations brought directly by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in a plea deal, rather than a grand jury indictment.
In the original indictment, dated May 20, 2010, he was charged with 26 counts, including fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and embezzlement.
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