Trial was set to begin today for a former hospital official accused of stealing from Regional Medical Center, but the trial has been delayed until March.
Mike Briggs, the former System Fund Development Director for RMC, is now set to stand trial on March 3rd in Delaware County District Court.
Jury trials across Iowa are being postponed until February due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.
Briggs and former CEO Lon Butikofer were charged with First Degree Theft last year. The State Auditor’s Office discovered they had accumulated over $256,000 in expenses for personal trips they claimed were for hospital business. The investigation spanned eight years from January 2009 to March 2017.
Briggs has pleaded not guilty. He remains free on bond.
Meanwhile, Butikofer’s restitution hearing has been rescheduled for March 4th. He was given a suspended prison sentence earlier this year.