Ray Shoemaker 10-23-12

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Judge: Shoemaker must report for jail

By Billy Davis

A federal judge has denied bond for Ray Shoemaker, meaning the former hospital executive will report to prison November 1 while his conviction is being appealed.

U.S. District Court Judge Neal Biggers Jr. turned down bond for Shoemaker in a one-page court order filed last Friday in Oxford.

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The Panolian reported last week, also on Friday, that attorneys for Shoemaker were seeking to keep their client out of jail while an appeal is waiting before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Biggers sentenced Shoemaker to 55 months in prison, four years and seven months, on seven total counts for fraud, bribery, conspiracy, and making false statements to the FBI.

In his order denying bond, Biggers wrote that the court had already granted bond for Shoemaker after his conviction, giving him 38 days “so that Shoemaker could get his affairs in order.”

“Any extension would contrary to the policies of the court,” Biggers also stated.