OXFORD — A Batesville physician has pleaded guilty to bribing then-Panola County administrator David Chandler with $25,000.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 51-year-old Robert S. Corkern appeared before U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. in Oxford yesterday.
In taking the plea deal, Corkern avoids trial with two co-defendants, Raymond Shoemaker of Tupelo, a healthcare executive, and Lee Garner, a Batesville businessman, who were indicted Feb. 24.
All three were accused of varying roles with a multi-million-dollar healthcare kickback and bribery scheme generally focused on delivery of nursing services to Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.
Shoemaker and Garner are due to go on trial in Oxford on Feb. 21.