In setting a trial date, Warner pointed to the time that has passed since Johnson was first charged in June 2011. The four others were named in a new indictment in March 2013.
"So, for Mr. Johnson, this has been going on for three years," Warner said. "For the other four it's been going on a year and a half."
The charges allege that the five created a series of shell companies with straw owners to open new bank accounts through which they could process credit and debit cards after I Works accounts were closed due to a high volume of customer chargebacks.
Johnson, who is under a gag order in the criminal case, contends I Works employees were directed by bank agents to create the new companies in a manner that he says is standard industry practice.
Warner scheduled another hearing for Nov. 5 to give defense attorneys time to wade through a mountain of evidence seized from I Works before he sets further deadlines.
Johnson is at the center of the scandal that toppled then-Attorney General John Swallow and, ultimately, led to criminal charges against Swallow and his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff.