Adam Bennett

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Brendan Horan says new complaint is 'fantastic'

Mr Horan is working on forming the NZ Independent Coalition, a party structure that would give independent MPs access to parliamentary funding and other resources. Photo / File
Mr Horan is working on forming the NZ Independent Coalition, a party structure that would give independent MPs access to parliamentary funding and other resources. Photo / File

Independent MP Brendan Horan says another complaint about him to police is "fantastic" as it gives him another chance to clear his name.

NewsTalk ZB this afternoon reported Police had received a complaint from Mr Horan's brother Mana Ormsby that the former NZ First MP had inappropriately taken funds from his dying mother's bank accounts.

Police earlier this month confirmed they were assessing a similar complaint from Mr Horan's former boss NZ First Leader Winston Peters which was referred to them by the Serious Fraud Office .

This afternoon Mr Horan told the Herald he had not heard from Police today or in the two weeks since news of the initial complaint broke.

He said he would welcome the chance to speak with them if they chose to investigate the latest complaint.

Mr Horan's late mother Olwen Horan, 87, signed a codicil to her will less than two months before she died in 2012 authorising the executor of her will John Buckthought, who is also her nephew, to recover some monies received by her son and daughter.

In the codicil, Mrs Horan stated she wanted any monies loaned to them or taken by "misadventure" to be recovered.

Mr Horan was expelled from NZ First after news of the allegations against him surfaced.

Mr Buckthought has so far refused to comment but in his final determination about Mr Horan's mother's estate he said: "I can find no evidence which enables me to found a claim against Brendan".

- NZ Herald

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