HALIFAX -- The former CEO of Halifax's IWK Health Centre is expected to enter a plea on fraud and breach of trust charges next week.

Tracy Kitch's case was set over in Halifax provincial court until June 18 for election and plea.

Defence lawyer Joel Pink asked for the delay today to give him time to meet with his client, who no longer lives in Halifax.

Kitch is charged with breach of trust and fraud over $5,000.

The former executive at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto resigned as CEO of the Halifax children's hospital in August 2017.

An independent review had concluded she owed tens of thousands of dollars for "potentially personal" expenses charged to her IWK corporate credit card.

Nova Scotia's auditor general, Michael Pickup, has said he was shocked by a lack of oversight and basic financial management controls at the hospital.

Pickup concluded the IWK's board of directors failed to create a culture that promoted accountability.