NZ FIRST leader Winston Peters has sent home MP Brendan Horan over allegations that money has gone missing from his late mother’s bank account.
Horan, a former TV weatherman, is on leave from Parliament, while forensic accountants investigate his mother’s estate, with claims large sums of money were taken from her accounts over a number of years.
Horan said he wanted to clear up the allegations and was considering legal action.
Peters said Horan had not been “stood down”.
“You can use any expression you like… His number one priority is to sort this matter out and get the facts before me because that’s something on which my future decision is going to be based…it’s urgent,” he told Fairfax NZ.
“And I don’t mean waiting round for months and months for some legal case.”
Peters said he was approached by Horan’s half-brother Mana Ormsby about the allegations, but he had no more information other than notes he took at the time.
“I’d like to see the bank statements, as of now, I have not.”
He added: “I have repeatedly asked for the evidence and the facts from the so-called claimant and the executor, and the lawyer for the will. And to date I have received no information at all.”
Horan was meeting family members in the Bay of Plenty, and he was “disgusted” the matter had gone public.
His mother Olwen was 87 when she died earlier this year.
In 1999 she won an Australian lottery worth around $1 million in prizes, and had $259,000 in her account in early 2007.
There was less than $3000 left when she died.