NZ lawmaker 'tried to hide' Megaupload founder's donation

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Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, is under house arrest in New Zealand. (AP) Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, is under house arrest in New Zealand. (AP)
SummaryKim Dotcom alleges he gave lawmaker John Banks NZ$50,000 that the politician tried to disguise.

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.

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