Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy faced court for the first time yesterday regarding fraud charges allegedly committed back in 2009.
Dressed in a blue suit, Mr McCurdy sat behind his defence lawyer Paul Lawrie at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court, during the brief file hearing.
Victoria Police has charged Mr McCurdy with four counts of making a false document, four counts of using a false document, attempt to obtain property by deception and obtaining property by deception.
Police prosecutor Chris Cole told the court prosecution and defence had agreed on a date to return to court.
‘‘I’ve obtained a committal mention date and a brief service date,’’ he said.
Mr McCurdy has so far denied all allegations.
Speaking to media outside court, Mr McCurdy said he understood this was ‘‘due process’’ and was looking forward to clearing his name.
‘‘When you’re in the spotlight, in an election year, these are the things you’ve got to be prepared for,’’ he said.
‘‘But when you know the facts, the concerns aren’t there for me. It’s about doing what I do best and that’s representing the people of Ovens Valley.’’
Mr McCurdy would not discuss details of his case but said he would continue to appear in court ‘‘if that’s what’s required’’.
‘‘It’s not ideal, is it, to have a situation like this,’’ he said.
‘‘This is due process and I’ve just go to follow through that due process.’’
Last year, Victoria Police confirmed it was investigating Mr McCurdy following complaints he forged documents to profit from two land sales.
He is alleged to have falsified a company letterhead to secure sales commissions worth about $375000 while working as a real estate agent.
Magistrate Ian Watkins set July 17 as the date for the committal mention.