By Mike Cruz Staff Writer
Posted: 09/21/2011 12:38:23 PM PDT

Former taxpayer advocate Gregory Eyler, one of several people suspected of political malfeasance and fraud in the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office, has been scheduled for a jury trial in January.

Eyler appeared for a pretrial hearing on Wednesday before Judge Michael Smith in San Bernardino Superior Court.

The trial was set to start Jan.30. Smith said he was “treating this as a firm date.” An assignment calendar date, to ensure the case is ready for trial, was set for Jan.27.

Eyler, 35, returns to court Oct.21 for another pretrial hearing.

Smith announced that the January trial date was firm if the case hadn’t been resolved – for example, by a plea bargain – in October. Neither side has publicly discussed whether any settlement is in the works.

Eyler’s lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Eric Teti, said a motion to dismiss the charges likely will be filed between the October and January court dates.

Eyler faces two felony charges stemming from county investigations at the Assessor’s Office in 2008 while former Assessor Bill Postmus was at the helm.

Eyler was charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of presenting a false claim, according to court records.

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