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Ladners face new charges of Katrina-cleanup kickbacks

BAY ST. LOUIS — Former Hancock County Road Manager Roger Ladner, his wife and two brothers have pleaded not guilty to a new federal indictment on charges in an alleged kickback scheme related to Hurricane Katrina cleanup contracts. The four are accused of a scheme in which Roger Ladner is alleged to have awarded Hurricane Katrina related cleanup contracts to ...

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Ex-road manager's brothers charged with Katrina-related kickbacks

HANCOCK COUNTY — A federal grand jury has indicted two brothers of the former Hancock County road manager who was charged in a kickback scheme related to Hurricane Katrina cleanup contracts. Roger Ladner and his wife, Sharon, were charged with money laundering and conspiracy in December 2011. The indictment says Roger Ladner awarded ditch cleaning contracts to relatives and a ...

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Prosecutors say medical kickback charges shouldn't be dismissed

OXFORD — Federal prosecutors say the owner of a nursing services company acknowledged paying a hospital executive for “procuring business” and a judge should not dismiss the corruption charges against him. Earnest Levi Garner Jr. of Batesville was convicted in March on charges including conspiracy and embezzlement related to work at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. Raymond Lamont Shoemaker of ...

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Contractor admits guilt to aiding, abetting embezzlement

OXFORD — A building contractor pleaded guilty yesterday to participating in a kickback scheme involving the South Delta Regional Housing Authority, which promotes affordable housing for the poor in the impoverished Mississippi Delta. Court records show Jimmy Johnson pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Oxford to aiding and abetting embezzlement. Johnson and housing agency director Ann Jefferson were indicted ...

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Physician pleads guilty to role in kickback scheme

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, ...

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Doctor wants separate trial in medical kickback case

OXFORD — A Batesville doctor wants a separate trial from two other defendants in a medical kickback scheme. The attorney for Dr. Robert Corkern filed the motion Dec. 1 in federal court in Oxford. A judge has not ruled on the motion. The case is set for trial Jan. 9. All three defendants have motions pending to delay the trial. ...

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Defendant accused of healthcare fraud asks for delayed trial

BATESVILLE — Dr. Robert S. Corkern of Batesville wants more time to prepare for trial on federal healthcare fraud charges. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports his attorneys Tuesday asked the court to delay his Dec. 12 trial with co-defendants Ray Shoemaker of Tupelo and Lee Garner of Batesville. Trial is set in Oxford with Senior U.S. District Judge Neal ...

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Another person pleads not guilty to hospital kickback scheme

ABERDEEN — A third person has pleaded not guilty to charges related to an alleged kickback scheme at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Panola County. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Robert S. Corkern entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Aberdeen. He was released on $40,000 bond. Corkern is charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., three counts of ...

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Ex-supervisor appealing Katrina bribery conviction

GREENE COUNTY — Former Greene County Supervisor Earnest Holder has appealed his federal conviction on multiple counts related to an alleged bribery scheme involving Hurricane Katrina debris removal contracts. The 70-year-old Holder filed his appeal without an attorney, and must now hire one or choose to represent himself. The Hattiesburg American reports Holder will take his case to the 5th ...

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Two men indicted for alleged kickback, bribery

OXFORD — A federal grand jury in Oxford has indicted two men in a medical kickback and bribery scheme. The 10-count federal indictment charged 38-year-old Raymond Lamont Shoemaker of Tupelo with a nursing services kickback and bribery conspiracy, receiving kickbacks for nursing services, conspiracy to commit and committing healthcare fraud, making false statements and embezzlement from Tri-Lakes Medical Center. Shoemaker ...

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