Former AFL player Nick Stevens has been charged with a number of offences relating to his Mildura-based swimming pool business.
Last year the VBA led an investigation into allegations his business Leisure Pools Mildura installed swimming pools without permits, and failed to complete work. The allegations included accusations of deception and reports that several customers who paid deposits had been left with incomplete pools, as well as debts outstanding to suppliers.
Now the ABC reports that Stevens has been charged with five counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage, totalling more than $144,000 between June 2017 and November 2017.
Stevens, 39, appeared at Mildura Magistrates’ Court for a filing hearing and the matter was set for a committal mention on February 18, 2020. Prosecutors must serve evidence by January 7.
It is alleged Stevens accepted $3300 from each victim on the pretence of installing a functioning swimming pool, before later collecting much larger sums of between $24,075 and $30,483. He was also charged with one count each of making and using a false document.