McCurdy set to return to court before state election held
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.