McCurdy tells court he’ll con­test fraud charges af­ter be­ing com­mit­ted to stand trial

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page -

WAN­GARATTA state MP Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Val­ley) has been or­dered to stand trial on fraud of­fences al­legedly com­mit­ted prior to him en­ter­ing par­lia­ment.

Mag­is­trate Peter Mithen yes­ter­day com­mit­ted Mr McCurdy to stand trial on 10 charges, all re­lated to his al­leged fal­si­fy­ing of doc­u­ments as­so­ci­ated with the sale of two dairy farms when he was a real es­tate agent in Co­bram in 2009.

Mr McCurdy de­nies the charges and told the court he will be plead­ing not guilty.

A di­rec­tions hear­ing has been set for Novem­ber 2.

Dur­ing the two-day com­mit­tal hear­ing, the Shep­par­ton Mag­is­trates Court heard that in 2009 Mr McCurdy and An­drew Gil­mour had been close friends and worked for the same com­pany, PGG Wright­son, be­fore it ceased op­er­a­tion and they parted ways.

Mr Gil­mour formed ru­ral prop­erty ser­vice An­drew Gil­mour Pty Ltd, and he claims Mr McCurdy used his com­pany let­ter­heads with­out per­mis­sion to se­cure com­mis­sions worth $375,000 on the sales of two prop­er­ties that Mr McCurdy was un­able to fi­nalise be­fore PGG Wright­son ceased op­er­a­tion.

Out­side court, Mr McCurdy said he looked for­ward to the case go­ing to trial so “he could have his say in court”.

“I’ve been to the magis- trate’s court on this mat­ter three times this year, an elec­tion year, and I look for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to have my say,” he said

Mr McCurdy said it was busi­ness as usual as he cam­paigns to re­tain his seat in the up­com­ing Novem­ber state elec­tion.

“Noth­ing has changed,” he said.

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