A former MP has pleaded not guilty in Auckland District Court to fraud charges relating to a $1.8 million pokie scam.
The man, who has been granted name suppression for at least the duration of the trial, is accused of conspiring to use documents dishonestly with intent to obtain a pecuniary advantage, and attempting to obstruct the course of justice.
The Serious Fraud Office alleges he and his wife, who is not facing charges, used companies he ran to drain $512,000 in grants from a children’s charity.
He is also accused of faking a receipt book when he found out about the Serious Fraud Office investigation.
The ex-MP allegedly pocketed some of the money, and $67,000 went to Robert Briggs – an Auckland businessman who faces a charge of conspiring to use documents with intent to defraud and two of conspiring to use documents dishonestly.
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