MORGAN -- Former Morgan County Council Administrator Garth B. Day's first appearance in 2nd District Court was spent listening to the judge reiterate a long laundry list of charges against him.
Day on Monday entered a not guilty plea and nodded his head to signify he had received a copy of the charges filed against him.
Elected officials, political candidates and residents filled the small Morgan courtroom to witness Day's initial appearance before Judge Michael DiReda.
Day, Morgan County's former council administrator, resigned in August shortly before the county began a criminal investigation into possible financial improprieties.
Last week, the county filed 43 charges against Day, including counts of theft, money laundering, communications fraud, forgery, failure to keep/pay public money, and official misconduct.
The second-degree felony counts each could carry a 15-year sentence and a $10,000 fine.
Morgan County Attorney Jann Farris said evidence so far reveals about $400,000 worth of fraudulent activity, including taking out loans in the county's name and forging council members' signatures.
Flanked by attorneys Brad Smith and Amy Hugie, Day wore a business suit and striped tie.
Because Day's lawyers need more time to review voluminous evidence, the judge granted another 11 weeks until Day's next court appearance, set for Dec. 20.
"There are piles and piles of documents, enormous amounts in discovery," Farris said.
Because of Day's strong ties to the state and lack of extensive criminal record, Farris said Day was not required to post bail.