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A former Victorian MP has been jailed after gambling away more than $170,000 of taxpayer funds.
Russell Northe, who was the member for Morwell between 2006 and last year, was handed a 21 month sentence in the County Court on Wednesday morning despite “powerful” concerns about his mental health.
The 57-year-old was charged in September last year after an investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) into misuse of money allocated to run his electoral office.
He pleaded guilty a year later to two charges of misconduct in public office dating to 2019 and 2020.
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