UPDATE, 8:30 a.m.: A pre-trial hearing scheduled for former Royal Oak High School Principal Michael Greening on two felony embezzlement charges scheduled for today has been postponed until next week at the request of the defense counsel.
The postponement was requested because of a scheduling conflict. The new court date has not yet been determined.
In September, Judge Shalina Kumar rescheduled the pre-trial in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac to give defense attorney Paul Stablein time to review transcripts of the 44th District Court preliminary hearing.
“It’s common practice to ask for more time," said Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Novy.
Transcripts include two days of testimony, including Royal Oak Police Department Det. Keith Spencer summarizing his examination of Greening’s bank records and credit card statements, noting it appeared Greening had money troubles.
If convicted on two felony embezzlement charges, Greening faces up to five years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000 or three times the amount embezzled, whichever is greater, for each charge. The former principal was released on $50,000 personal recognizance with conditions, including that he not leave the state.