Briggs’ Trial Pushed Back to February

The trial for a former Manchester hospital official has been pushed back to February.

Mike Briggs’ pre-trial conference is now set for January 21st in Delaware County District Court, with jury trial scheduled to start February 5th at 9 am. The trial was originally scheduled for December 4th, with pre-trial conference today.

Briggs is the former System Fund Development Director at Regional Medical Center. This past summer, he and former CEO Lon Butikofer were charged with First Degree Theft stemming from a State of Iowa Auditor’s report released in February.

Manchester Police say between 2009 and 2017, Butikofer submitted mileage and meal reimbursements, as well as incurred credit card charges and travel expenses for trips identified as improper or personal in nature. He was also failing to properly record vacation or paid time off on many of those trips deemed personal in nature. The State Auditor identified over 256-thousand dollars in expenses found not to be on Regional Medical Center business.

Police say Briggs also submitted reimbursements for mileage and meals found to be personal in nature. Auditors also found proof that Briggs was not using paid leave while on personal business. The report shows he received over 23-thousand dollars in salary and reimbursements for time he was not on Regional Medical Center business.

Briggs has pleaded not guilty. He remains free on bond.

Butikofer has pleaded guilty, with his trial set for December 3rd.