A MAN has fronted court for the first time charged with stealing almost $70,000 from a local lands council in Tamworth.
Douglas Frederick Kirk appeared in Tamworth Local Court on Monday morning on four charges, following his arrest by Oxley detectives on August 30.
The 57-year-old is accused of stealing $68,009 from the Tamworth Aboriginal Lands Council in two separate transactions between 3 and 3.30pm on July 4 in West Tamworth.
He’s then accused of receiving stolen property, namely the cash, between July 4 and August 8, and dealing with the suspected proceeds of crime at the same time in West Tamworth.
Kirk is charged with two counts of larceny, disposing of property-theft and dealing with the property that is the suspected proceeds of crime.
On Monday, Kirk was represented by Legal Aid solicitor Wendy McAuliffe who pleaded not guilty to all four charges.
Police have been ordered to compile and serve a brief of evidence by October before the case returns to court in November.
Kirk remains on conditional bail.