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.