Victorian Nationals MP Tim McCurdy has been charged with fraud offences relating to a real estate deal.
The State Member for Ovens Valley has declared his innocence but has stepped down from his shadow ministry responsibilities.
Mr McCurdy yesterday said he was facing a number of allegations linked to a property sale when he worked as a real estate agent.
‘‘As I prepare to have these matters heard in court, I am today stepping down from my shadow ministry responsibilities,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
‘‘I am innocent of these allegations and I await the opportunity to defend myself in court and clear my name.’’
Police confirmed a Cobram man, 55, had been charged with 10 offences, including making and using a false document and obtaining property by deception.
The charges follow an investigation into a 2009 alleged fraud.
Police raided Mr McCurdy’s property on May 30 regarding the property sales complaint lodged in 2013.
Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien joins shadow cabinet, taking the sport, veterans, gaming and liquor portfolio, while the Liberal Margaret Fitzherbert adds population policy to her responsibilities.
Mr McCurdy will appear in the Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on April 24.
The Victorian Government yesterday used the charges to fire a shot at the Opposition.
‘‘This is a matter for Victoria Police and the Coalition, whose leader Matthew Guy has been caught eating lobsters with alleged mobsters,’’ a government spokesman said.