The much anticipated sentencing of Mike Greer, the former treasurer of the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District and Gila County Mounted Posse, suffered another delay.
Due to Greer’s health issues, the sentencing is now Feb. 11.
The three-year odyssey for Greer and the victims of his white-collar crimes has been marked with delays due to lawyer changes, money and now health.
Greer faces prison time for three felony counts of misuse of PSWID funds, theft and conflict of interest.
In November, the court granted Greer a delay through the holidays. Now he has another month.
“I have a heart value problem,” Greer told the court at his Jan. 14 hearing.
He said the condition requires surgery.
Judge Gary Scales explained to the court that he could not move forward with a hearing to determine if Greer should have more time in prison or simply have probation because he lacked a pre-sentencing report.
“I understand Mr. Greer didn’t show up for the pre-sentencing report interview,” said Scales, “and then I got on Friday — actually Sunday was the first time I saw your motion concerning the medical issues that Mr. Greer faced.”
After Scales agreed to the delay, he apologized to Robert Arbuthnot, president of PSWID. Arbuthnot has shown up to every Greer hearing since he took over a position to represent the victims.
“I am sorry that you have to keep trekking down here — this is just the way it goes sometimes,” Scales said. “As I said, I’m not a doctor, I can’t evaluate this. I’ve read the medical reports — everything he is telling us is in here. We’ll err on the side of the strength of his medical condition.”
Greer and his lawyer completed the pre-sentencing interview after the hearing.
Greer will be back in court at 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11 in Payson.