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Ex-UVSC police chief’s hearing delayed

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PROVO — The preliminary hearing for the former Utah Valley State College police chief who is charged with prescription-drug fraud has been pushed back to September.

Last week, Utah County Attorney Kay Bryson asked that the hearing be continued because a key witness in the case against Theodore Lonie Fisher was on vacation.

According to court documents, Bryson has subpoenaed several area physicians and pharmacists who are expected to support the 29 counts of prescription fraud, a third-degree felony, against Fisher.

Police say that Fisher, while acting as police chief at UVSC, solicited several campus employees for their prescription medications. Prosecutors also allege that Fisher either altered prescriptions or obtained several prescriptions from different doctors for controlled substances.

Fisher was fired from his position more than a month ago after an investigation by UVSC.

In court Wednesday, Bryson explained that another key witness would be traveling to Russia in August and would not be available to testify. The 4th District Judge Guy Burningham rescheduled the hearing for Sept. 5.

Although Fisher was not in court Wednesday, his attorney, Ron Goodman, raised objections to the continuances, saying delays impede on his client's right to a speedy trial.

Goodman said Fisher has filed an administrative appeal with UVSC to get his job back and that delays in the preliminary hearing could slow down that appeal.