New Zealand First MP Brendan Horan has spoken out about allegations he misappropriated large sums of money from his dead mother's estate.
In a statement released today Paul Mabey QC, who is representing Mr Horan, labelled the allegations as false and unjustified.
Forensic accountants were called in to investigate Olwen Horan's estate after the list MP's brother, Mana Ormsby, accused him of being responsible for money had gone missing from bank accounts.
The statement said the issues that arose concerning the administration of the estate were private and personal to the family.
"Unfortunately some persons, for their own reasons, have chosen to make them public," Mr Mabey said.
"Mr Horan has been the subject of unwarranted and unfair publicity which has implied that he is dishonest and has stolen from his mother. There can be no other interpretation of that publicity.
"Mr Horan completely denies any suggestion that he has stolen from his mother or misappropriated her money or assets. He regrets that a private and personal family matter has been made public and his only wish is that the issues concerning his mother's estate are resolved quickly and properly. He invites any investigation into his mother's affairs and is confident that any proper investigation will exonerate him entirely."
Mr Mabey said Horan would make no personal comment on these matters but was concerned the sooner the matters were resolved the better.