The trial for a former Franklin County official accused of embezzling at least $1.8 million in public funds has been moved to January.
Dennis Huston, 65, waived his right to a speedy trial Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court.
He is charged with first-degree theft, money laundering and possession of cocaine. The trial now is set for Jan. 16.
Prosecutors allege that Huston, the county's former public works accounting and administrative director, stole money from the county to support his cocaine and gambling habits.
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Huston allegedly started his scheme in 1990. Officials suspect he embezzled more than $2.8 million from the county since 1996, but the charges filed by the state Attorney General's Office account for the "conservative minimum" of $1.8 million.