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Ex Vic education boss to stand trial

By AAP Newswire

A trial date has been set for August next year for a former Victorian education department boss charged with conspiring to steal millions of dollars from public schools.

Nino Napoli, his cousin Carlo Squillacioti, brother Robert Napoli and sister-in-law Dominica Napoli faced the County Court of Victoria on Friday.

Their appearance followed accusations that at least $1.9 million was channelled to Napoli's family and associates between 2007 and 2014.

He is charged with multiple offences, including conspiracy to defraud, dealing with proceeds of crime, furnishing false documents, and perverting the course of justice following an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission investigation.

It is alleged the money was used for excessive hospitality, travel and personal items.

The others are charged with dealing with the proceeds of crime.

The matter will return to court on March 8 for a further directions hearing ahead of the trial before pre-trial arguments begin.

Judge Gerard Mullaly said it was still unknown if the matter would involve one trial or several.

Lawyers acting for the accused said they were not yet funded to defend their clients at trial.