The preliminary hearing for three former Timpanogos Community Mental Health Center administrators charged with 117 felony counts in connection with theft of $3.5 million in public funds has been postponed until Monday.

Former executive director Glen R. Brown, former specialty programs director Carl V. Smith and former business manager Craig W. Stephens were scheduled for preliminary hearing Monday in 4th Circuit Court in Orem. However, at the request of defense attorneys, the hearing was delayed.Attorneys asked for another week to obtain documents necessary to defend their clients.

The three defendants were charged in October following a lengthy investigation last year by the attorney general's office.

Brown faces nine felony counts of misusing public money and eight felony theft counts. Smith faces 25 counts each of felony misuse of public funds and theft, and one count of state income tax evasion. Stephens faces 24 felony counts of misusing public money, 24 theft counts and one count of state tax evasion.

All three resigned from Timp Mental Health in April, shortly after the scandal became public.