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Former MP Maguire faces court for alleged visa scheme

Daryl Maguire said he'd fight to clear his name on a visa fraud conspiracy charge.

Daryl Maguire said he'd fight to clear his name on a visa fraud conspiracy charge. Photo: AAP

Former NSW MP Daryl Maguire has faced court after he was charged with criminal conspiracy over an alleged visa fraud.

The former Wagga Wagga MP appeared in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday for a brief mention.

Maguire’s matter returns to court on March 21 for a charge certification but he has been excused from travelling from Wagga Wagga to attend.

Maguire, 63, was charged in November but has not yet entered a plea, and his conditional bail was continued on Tuesday.

His lawyer Jim Harrowell told reporters outside court he is yet to see the case against him.

“I literally have in my pocket a USB which was served, which is the brief, which is a couple weeks late, so once I’ve read that we’ll know what to do,” he said.

Maguire allegedly conspired with migration agent Maggie Sining Logan to breach the migration act between January 2013 and August 2015.

He faces prison time or a maximum fine of $34,000.

Maguire resigned from NSW parliament in 2018 after an anti-corruption inquiry, which later exposed his secret romantic relationship with former premier Gladys Berejiklian.

There is no suggestion Ms Berejiklian was involved in any alleged offence.

While compelled to give truthful evidence at ICAC, Maguire admitted using his position as an MP, parliamentary secretary and NSW Asia-Pacific parliamentary friendship group chair “with a view to making money” for himself and his associates between 2012 and 2018.

On more than one occasion, Maguire said he accepted delivery of thousands of dollars of cash to his parliamentary office to allow him to take his cut.

“Evidence given in ICAC is not admissible in this court case, that’s the law,” Mr Harrowell said outside court.

Maguire told reporters he was “well” as he departed with his lawyer.

– AAP

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