BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Palmer Moland, the Fairfax School District Trustee charged with embezzlement and voter fraud, won’t have a preliminary hearing until Jan. 31 at the earliest.

The hearing, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, was moved to Jan. 31, according to court records. At a preliminary hearing, a judge determines whether there is enough evidence for the case to proceed.

According to prosecutors, Moland ignored bylaws by using public funds to hire an outside law firm to quash a motion to censure him, and to limit his exposure to public records requests related to the censure. Prosecutors say he should have abstained from voting to hire the firm because it posed a financial conflict of interest. The decision to hire the firm passed by a one-vote margin.

Moland is also charged with voter fraud. He allegedly lied about living within the district during the 2018 and 2020 elections. He faces a total of seven felonies.

“Residency within the district is a core criterion to qualify for the office that Mr. Moland holds,” according to a District Attorney’s office release sent in September after charges were filed. “The charges allege that Moland reported living within the district when he submitted filings with the Kern County Elections Department to qualify to run for office, but that Moland actually resided in other locations outside the district boundaries.”