NZ Police have released a statement confirming that the Serious Fraud Office is investigating donations received by the National Party.
This appears to be the $100k donation MP Jami-Lee Ross claimed was split into smaller amounts to avoid detection. Ross put in a formal complaint to Police about the matter in October last year.
The statement says:
“Police have referred to the Serious Fraud Office a complaint received in October last year in relation to the disclosure of political donations under the Electoral Act.
“The complaint has been referred to the SFO as they hold the appropriate mandate to look further into matters raised by the investigation to date.”
No response from National yet, though I’m picking they won’t be claiming it was ‘pretty legal’.
That defence doesn’t seem to work any more.