McCurdy ‘fraud’ committal hearing to start today
WANGARATTA state MP Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Valley) will contest fraud charges during a two- day committal hearing set to commence at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court today.
Mr McCurdy, 55, is pleading not guilty to multiple charges including making a false document, use of a false document, attempt to obtain property by deception and obtain property by deception.
The charges were laid in March this year as part of an investigation into a 2009 alleged fraud when the accused worked as a real estate agent, prior to entering Parliament.
It is alleged he falsified a real estate company letterhead to obtain sales commissions worth about $375,000 from the sale of two rural properties.
Crown prosecutor Susan Locke at prior proceedings told the court Mr McCurdy was supplied with a blank company letterhead and he used this to sell the two properties without authorisation.
Mr McCurdy has maintained his innocence and his defence solicitor previously argued he was authorised to use the letterhead in the sales.
The MP has said he will campaign for re-election in the seat of Ovens Valley at the state election on November 24, irrespective of the outcome of the committal proceeding.