Briggs’ Trial Pushed Back to March

The trial of a former hospital official in Manchester has been delayed.

Mike Briggs, the former System Fund Development Director for Regional Medical Center, is now set to stand trial on March 18th in Delaware County District Court. Jury trial was scheduled to begin February 5th.

The trial was pushed back due to ongoing discovery. County Attorney John Bernau says it may be moved again due to a conflict in his schedule.

Briggs and former CEO Lon Butikofer were charged with First Degree Theft last summer. 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 was given a suspended prison sentence last month, with his restitution hearing scheduled for January 21st.

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