New Zealand police are investigating an embattled Internet mogul's claim that he gave a lawmaker money that the politician tried to disguise.
Kim Dotcom told The New Zealand Herald newspaper he gave conservative lawmaker John Banks 50,000 New Zealand dollars ($41,000) when Banks unsuccessfully ran for Auckland mayor in 2010. Dotcom says Banks told him to funnel the contribution through two intermediaries so he could declare the donations anonymous.
Banks, now a member of parliament, told media he's done nothing wrong.
Dotcom is the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload. He is under house arrest in New Zealand while US authorities try to extradite him on racketeering charges.