Bartolo Sanchez was in federal court in Midland on Thursday for a docket hearing.
Sanchez learned that he would have to enter an official plea by January 17th, and that his trial is tentatively scheduled for February 4th.
Sanchez is charged with four counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count apiece of bank fraud and wire fraud.
Sanchez -- the former mayor of Toyah -- allegedly bilked the city out of approximately $300,000 by writing himself checks from city bank accounts he set up and forging the required second signature.
Sanchez also reportedly set up secret deals with an oilfield company to repair roads damaged by its vehicles, and prosecutors believe he took the proceeds of the deal for personal use.
Sanchez resigned as Toyah's mayor when he posted bond in December.
Big 2 spoke to Sanchez Thursday, but he referred all questions to his attorney.
"He's obviously a little saddened," Sanchez's attorney John Young told Big 2. "He's been mayor for 6 years. It's a job he enjoyed immensely. He enjoyed serving the people of Toyah, but these allegations have been made. It's not just fair that a public official -- whether it's a mayor or councilperson -- to have their attention divided."
Young added that he is still waiting for some evidence to be released so that he can do his own investigation.
Young may ask the judge to push back the February trial date, so he has more time for discovery.
If convicted on all charges, Sanchez faces up to 58 years in prison if convicted.