Briggs’ Theft Trial Pushed Back to December

The trial of a former hospital official accused of stealing from Regional Medical Center has been delayed again.

Mike Briggs, the former System Fund Development Director for Regional Medical Center, is now set to stand trial on December 2nd in Delaware County District Court. Jury trial was scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Briggs and former CEO Lon Butikofer were charged with First Degree Theft in 2019. 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 is scheduled for Friday. He was given a suspended prison sentence earlier this year.

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