Police elevate this to the Serious Fraud Office…
Jami-Lee Ross’ complaint about National donations referred to Serious Fraud Office
Police have referred Jami-Lee Ross’ complaint about National’s election donations to the Serious Fraud Office.
Ross, who was kicked out of the National Party last year, lodged a complaint with police in October.
A police statement today did not refer to Ross by name but said:
“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 damage here is perception. It looks like there is something more series than the Police expertise can prosecute.
It has the word ‘Serious’, ‘Fraud’ and ‘Office’ involved. To the average Kiwi, those words re-arranged any which way are enough to trigger nightmares.
Simon said there was no basis to JLRs allegations.
Those allegations are now in the lap of the Serious Fraud Office.
Either the information presented is fraudulent and JLR is going down or there is something else happening.
Ratcheting this up the chain of command for investigation suggests there is something that is at least worthy of investigation here.
That leaves voters with the clear impression that right now the National Party is being led by a leader who is under current investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.
JLR just hit National’s Battleship.
If the cloud of SFO investigation hangs over a leader who is tanking in the polls, it is only a matter of time before a nervous National Party turn to the Winter Queen of Doom, Judith Collins.