The trial for a South Australian MP accused of misappropriating more than $2 million of public funds will involve allegations of “money laundering”, “document forging” and “outright thefts”, the District Court has heard.
Independent member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell pleaded not guilty to 20 counts of theft and six counts of dishonestly dealing with documents in June.
The charges related to the time the former teacher spent running an independent learning centre in Mount Gambier between 2009 and 2013.
He resigned from the Liberal Party in August last year, but continued as an independent MP.
Mr Bell has strenuously denied any wrongdoing since being charged, and had previously said he looked forward to an opportunity to “clear his name”.