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Court unseals 49-count indictment against ex-Corrections Commissioner Epps

JACKSON — A 49-count federal indictment charges former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, with accepting more than $700,000 in bribes from a Rankin County businessman. The indictment unsealed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Jackson also charges Cecil McCrory of Brandon and says he paid Epps to obtain contracts for himself and other companies. The ...

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Three indicted, alleged to have embezzled from agency

JACKSON — The ex-director of an agency that receives federal money annually and two contractors have been indicted for conspiring to embezzle money from the agency, authorities said yesterday. A federal grand jury indicted Linda Harvey-Irvin, 62, of Jackson; Donald Walton, 51, of Vicksburg; and Markuntala Croom, 45, of Columbia, for conspiring to embezzle money from the Mississippi Gulf Coast ...

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Businessman admits to defrauding USDA in kickback scheme

HATTIESBURG — A Hattiesburg businessman has pleaded guilty to a kickback scheme, which defrauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prosecutors say 82-year-old T.L. Pittman Jr. entered the plea in federal court in Hattiesburg to a bill of information that charged him with one count of theft of government funds. He will be sentenced Aug. 18. Prosecutors say Pittman, through his ...

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Two men lose appeal of health care bribery, kickback charges

BATESVILLE — A federal appeals court has reinstated the convictions of two men involved in a case of bribery and kickbacks involving a north Mississippi hospital. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled yesterday in cases against Ray Shoemaker and Lee Garner. The government alleges Shoemaker, a former administrator at Tri-Lakes Medical ...

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Appeal of medical kickback case to begin in New Orleans

BATESVILLE — A case of bribery and kickbacks involving a north Mississippi hospital will be argued today before a federal appeals court in New Orleans. Ray Shoemaker, a former administration at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville, Miss., was sentenced in 2012 to 55 months in federal prison on six counts. A judge ordered a new trial on two counts that ...

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Ex-mayor's attorney asks for more time in kickback trial

VICKSBURG — A lawyer for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield has asked a federal judge to postpone his trial because negotiations are ongoing with prosecutors to resolve the case. Winfield is charged in U.S. District Court in Jackson with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. He has pleaded not guilty. Attorney Terris Harris mentioned the negotiations ...

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Ex-county administrator asks for trial reschedule, missed deadline

BATESVILLE — Former Panola County administrator David Chandler has asked a judge to give him more time to appeal his guilty plea to charges in an alleged kickback scheme at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. However, the deadline for Chandler to file an appeal passed two weeks ago. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Chandler’s attorney says new court documents ...

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Judge rules ex-insurance agent's conviction, sentence will stand

ECRU — A federal judge has denied arguments from Ecru insurance agent Ken Nowlin that he was given faulty advice by his attorney in a government kickback case. Nowlin was seeking a new trial. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills, in an order filed Monday, denied Nowlin’s motion to have his sentence and conviction ...

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Doctor's license revoked for role in kickback scheme

GREENVILLE — The Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville is looking for a new emergency room doctor after Dr. Robert Corkern’s medical license was revoked. Corkern was sentenced last fall to two years’ house confinement and three years’ post-release supervision for his role in a medical kickback scheme. Corkern pleaded guilty to bribing a former Panola County administrator to use ...

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Attorneys given deadline in medical kickback-bribery case appeal

TUPELO — A federal court has given attorneys for Tupelo businessman Ray Lamont Shoemaker until about Feb. 19 to file briefs in his appeal of a conviction in a kickback-bribery scheme. The 5th U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans said this past week that the government would have 14 days after Shoemaker’s brief is received to file a response. ...

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