Case against Central Goldfields CEO drags on into 2019

In court: former Central Goldfields CEO Mark Johnston.

In court: former Central Goldfields CEO Mark Johnston.

Former Central Goldfields Shire CEO Mark Johnston is scheduled to appear in Maryborough Magistrates Court today to face charges relating to the alleged misuse of a corporate credit card between August 2009 and September 2013, as well as obtaining financial advantage by deception, and false accounting.

The hearing is a special mention. Mr Johnston is not expected to appear.

A further 34 consolidated charges are scheduled be the subject of an eight-day contest mention at the Maryborough Magistrates Court in November.

The court heard the Inspectorate's submission to consolidate a number of charges to streamline the prosecution case. While 67 charges were originally served on Mr Johnston, this consolidation resulted in a total of 38 charges being presented to the court.

More than 20 witnesses are likely to be called at the November Maryborough hearing. A hearing over two confilct of interest charges scheduled for June in Bendigo will now be heard in maryborough in March 2019.