A former Piney Township official will be sentenced July 17 on theft charges.

After nearly three years, a case involving alleged stealing of Piney Township funds was postponed again last week.

Circuit Judge John Beger last week postponed the trial of Roger L. Martin of Houston, who was charged in January 2013 with stealing $26,292 by using a credit card issued to Piney Township, which oversees road and bridge maintenance in the Houston area. Martin, who was a board member at the time, was to have stood trial beginning this year on July 15 and that date was delayed to Dec. 9.

Beger set the latest trial date as May 10, 2016, according to court records.

Martin is charged with theft/stealing and eight counts of fraudulent use of credit/debit devices, all felonies.

In December 2012, the Missouri State Highway Patrol alleged Martin used a fuel credit card without the knowledge of his fellow township members. Martin resigned his elected post in July 2012 after questions surfaced about the card’s use. 

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