Police say no Horan probe

MICHAEL FOX
Last updated 18:11 31/01/2014

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Police say they have not launched a second investigation into allegations that MP Brendan Horan misappropriated money from his late mother's bank account.

The former NZ First list MP was forced to respond to media reports today that another investigation had been launched after a complaint by his half-brother, Mana Ormsby.

Horan has previously been investigated in relation to missing money after Ormsby said their mother's bank cards had been inappropriately used.

"I've been in my Mt Maunganui office all day and have not heard all from the police about a new complaint," Horan wrote on Twitter.

He would "welcome any investigation ASAP because another investigation will serve to clear my name yet again".

Tauranga police said this month they had received a referral from the Serious Fraud Office.

A police spokeswoman said she was unaware of any further complaints laid by a family member.

"The situation stands that we're assessing a referral from the Serious Fraud Office and as part of that assessment we're speaking to a number of people."

This would establish whether or not there were grounds for an investigation, she said.

She was not aware of any further complaints by any family members.

"Even if that's the case it will still become part of that assessment."

The executor of Olwen Horan's estate last month revealed they had found no evidence to support claims about Horan.

Ormsby said he could not comment on the claim, saying he was bound by a confidentiality agreement which prevented him from commenting on his mother's estate.

"If there was another complaint it would probably be in the best interests for it not to be public to give the police time to do their job."

He had not seen Horan's comments on Twitter.


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