Claire Trevett

Claire Trevett is the New Zealand Herald’s deputy political editor.

Police investigation into Banks' mayoral campaign completed

John Banks. File photo / Natalie Slade
John Banks. File photo / Natalie Slade

A police investigation into John Banks' 2010 mayoral campaign donations disclosure is completed and a decision on whether the Act leader faces prosecution is expected within weeks.

Auckland Detective Inspector Mark Benefield told complainants yesterday that the investigation was over and the case had been sent to Police Legal Services to review. He said that process could take two to three weeks.

Auckland Council's electoral officer referred Mr Banks to the police to investigate whether he filed a false return after his tilt for the city's mayoralty in 2010.

The donations at the centre of the inquiry include $50,000 from Kim Dotcom and $15,000 from Sky City which were not disclosed, or were disclosed as anonymous donations, in his return.

Mr Banks has consistently maintained his return was correct, based on his knowledge at the time.

Complaints were laid by Labour MP Trevor Mallard and others, including Auckland based activists Lisa Pragar and Penny Bright.

- NZ Herald

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