- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A federal judge has delayed the trial of the former CEO of Vann’s Inc. who is accused of defrauding the company.

The Missoulian reports (https://bit.ly/2bWoZSt ) George Leslie Manlove’s new trial date has been set for January 2017. It had been scheduled to start in October.

Manlove was charged last year with more than 200 federal counts alleging he conspired with former CFO Paul Lyn Nisbet to defraud Vann’s, an appliance and electronics company which closed in 2013 after declaring bankruptcy.

Nisbet pleaded guilty in June and is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

Manlove’s attorneys had asked for a yearlong delay of trial, saying they needed more time to sort through the evidence.

The judge granted only a three-month delay Wednesday, citing the state’s “concerns with excessively prolonging this matter.”

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Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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