McCurdy ‘fraud’ com­mit­tal hear­ing to start to­day

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

WAN­GARATTA state MP Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Val­ley) will con­test fraud charges dur­ing a two- day com­mit­tal hear­ing set to com­mence at Shep­par­ton Mag­is­trates’ Court to­day.

Mr McCurdy, 55, is plead­ing not guilty to mul­ti­ple charges in­clud­ing mak­ing a false doc­u­ment, use of a false doc­u­ment, at­tempt to ob­tain prop­erty by de­cep­tion and ob­tain prop­erty by de­cep­tion.

The charges were laid in March this year as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a 2009 al­leged fraud when the ac­cused worked as a real es­tate agent, prior to en­ter­ing Par­lia­ment.

It is al­leged he fal­si­fied a real es­tate com­pany let­ter­head to ob­tain sales com­mis­sions worth about $375,000 from the sale of two ru­ral prop­er­ties.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Su­san Locke at prior pro­ceed­ings told the court Mr McCurdy was sup­plied with a blank com­pany let­ter­head and he used this to sell the two prop­er­ties with­out au­tho­ri­sa­tion.

Mr McCurdy has main­tained his in­no­cence and his de­fence solic­i­tor pre­vi­ously ar­gued he was au­tho­rised to use the let­ter­head in the sales.

The MP has said he will cam­paign for re-elec­tion in the seat of Ovens Val­ley at the state elec­tion on Novem­ber 24, ir­re­spec­tive of the out­come of the com­mit­tal pro­ceed­ing.

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