Ex-footy player accused of swimming pool scam

TEN civilian witnesses will be called to give evidence in the case against former Port Adelaide AFL star Nick Stevens, who is accused of a swimming pool scam.

Stevens’ case was briefly heard in the Mildura Magistrates Court on Tuesday in a hearing to set dates for a committal process to test the evidence against him.

The former Port and Carlton player is facing seven charges including five of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage.

Police allege the 40-year-old “dishonestly obtained a financial advantage namely on the pretence of installing a functional swimming pool” but “did not use the money for the purpose for which (it was) provided”.

Mildura councillor Glenn Milne inspects one of Stevens’ allegedly fraudulent swimming pools. Picture: Jake NowakowskiSource:News Corp Australia

He obtained about $145,000 for the swimming pools in June, September, October and November 2017, police allege.

He is also charged with two counts of making a false document.

Mr Stevens’ “intention” will be the primary contested legal issue in his case, the court heard.

His committal is scheduled for February 25 and 26.

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