17 Apr 2013

Former MP and Conservative candidate referred to police

3:18 pm on 17 April 2013

Two Conservative Party candidates, one a former MP, have been referred to police for filing a false election expenses and donations return.

Peter Redman and Larry Baldock, a United Future MP between 2002 and 2005, both ran for the Conservative Party in the 2011 general election.

It is an offence under the Electoral Act for a candidate to file a false return for election expenses and breaching that part of the law carries a penalty of up to $40,000.

The Electoral Commission has also referred Mr Baldock to the police for paying, or having another person pay, election expenses over and above the maximum $25,000.

The Commission says this matter is now with the police, so it will not be making any comment.