The case against a former NHS Trust chief executive accused of faking his CV to land the #120,000-a-year post was adjourned in his absence yesterday.
Neil Taylor had been summonsed to appear before magistrates in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, but failed to turn up for the five-minute hearing.
The defendant, of School Lane, Solihull, is charged with two counts of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception and one of attempting to commit the same offence.
The 42-year-old stepped down as chief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust last October after an internal investigation.
He was also chief executive of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital before it merged with the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford to form the new trust.
He is alleged to have obtained both jobs by deception by falsely claiming to have a first-class degree and a postgraduate diploma from the University of Nottingham, and to have graduated from the university?s Institute of Personnel Development.
The Department of Work and Pensions, which is bringing the prosecution on behalf of the NHS, also alleges that Taylor produced a false degree certificate purporting to be from the University of Nottingham between May 1, 2003, and May 31, 2004.
Magistrates adjourned the case until August 17, when a plea to the charges is expected to be taken.