McCurdy to fight charges
McCurdy tells court he’ll contest charges after being committed to stand trial
LOCAL 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 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 magistrate’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.
CHARGES: Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Valley) will contest fraud charges.