McCurdy set to re­turn to court be­fore state elec­tion held

Myrtleford Times - - Letters To The Editor -

WAN­GARATTA state MP Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Val­ley) will con­test charges of fraud, al­legedly com­mit­ted while he was a real es­tate agent in 2009, when he re-ap­pears in court for a two-day com­mit­tal hear­ing on Oc­to­ber 3 and 4.

The Na­tion­als mem­ber (above) ap­peared in Shep­par­ton Mag­is­trates Court this week, where as­pects of the case were dis­cussed.

Mr McCurdy is plead­ing not guilty to four counts of mak­ing a false doc­u­ment, four counts of use of a false doc­u­ment, at­tempt­ing to ob­tain prop­erty by de­cep­tion and ob­tain­ing prop­erty by de­cep­tion.

Po­lice al­lege Mr McCurdy fal­si­fied a real es­tate com­pany let­ter­head to ob­tain sales com­mis­sions - worth about $375,000 - from the sale of two farm­ing prop­er­ties.

The court heard Mr McCurdy was work­ing for Co­bram agent An­drew Gilmour and his of­fice had sup­plied him with a blank com­pany let­ter­head, which crown pros­e­cu­tor Su­san Locke said was used in the al­leged of­fend­ing.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Paul Laurie told Mag­is­trate David Faram that the “crux of the case” was au­tho­ri­sa­tion, with the crown al­leg­ing Mr McCurdy was not au­tho­rised to sell the two prop­er­ties.

Oc­to­ber’s com­mit­tal hear­ing will de­ter­mine if Mr McCurdy will need to stand trial in the County Court.

He has main­tained his in­no­cence, and with his party’s back­ing, is com­mit­ted to cam­paign for re-elec­tion at the state elec­tion on Novem­ber 24.

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