Myrtleford Times

McCurdy trial continues in county court

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THE trial of Ovens Valley state MP Tim McCurdy is continuing in the Melbourne County Court before Judge George Georgiou this week.

McCurdy is facing three charges of using false documents, and one charge each of obtaining and attempting to obtain property by deception.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The MP allegedly falsified paperwork for the sale of two dairy farms that netted him almost $270,000 in commission­s.

McCurdy is accused of falsely making himself out to be a licensed real estate agent and misusing the agency name of a former colleague to sell the farms near Cobram in 2009, the year before he was elected to state parliament.

McCurdy is charged with dishonestl­y pocketing one sales commission worth $163,900.

He netted $105,105 through another sale, and it’s alleged he tried to obtain that money dishonestl­y.

The alleged offences ocurred in 2009, prior to McCurdy entering politics.

He became a state MP in 2010 when he was elected to represent the seat of Murray Valley, and then won Ovens Valley at the 2014 poll.

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