Victorian police go for broke against Thomson
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The 154 charges include individual allegations that Craig Thomson, arriving at court on Wednesday with his wife, dishonestly obtained amounts of $12.55 at a time, which were used to buy cigarettes from a Caltex service station. Photo: Mal Fairclough
The detail of the charges against Craig Thomson shows the Victoria police fraud squad has thrown everything at the MP but the kitchen sink.
The 154 charges filed with the Melbourne Magistrates Court include individual allegations that Mr Thomson dishonestly obtained amounts of $12.55 at a time, which were used to buy cigarettes from a Caltex service station.
They include the well-publicised allegations that Mr Thomson used a union credit to pay for sex from escort agencies, along with multiple charges that relate to allegedly paying for in-house R-rated movies while staying at hotels.
But some of the other charges appear to be more problematic from a prosecution point of view, such as renting a car and paying for petrol. Can it be proved that these expenses were not legitimately incurred in his role as HSU national secretary?
Some of the allegations were canvassed in the report on the HSU’s national office by Fair Work Australia tabled last year in the federal parliament.
These allegations are reflected in charges relating to multiple withdrawals of hundreds of dollars in cash, fancy dining, stays in upmarket hotels and the purchase of airline tickets.
But most of the public attention will focus on seven charges that allege Mr Thomson used a credit card for pay for prostitutes, which he denies.
These charges allege Mr Thomson dishonestly obtained a financial advantage by avoiding debts of:
■$330 to Delfare Pty Ltd, trading as Aboutoun Catering, for sexual services provided in February 2003
■two transactions of $570 each with J&K Catering, trading as Keywed Pty Ltd, for sexual services in March 2003
■$2475 to J& K Catering for sexual services in April 2005
■$770 to International Immobilliarie Pty Ltd, trading as Boardroom Escorts, for sexual services in May 2005
■$418 to Nolta Pty Ltd, trading as Tiffany’s Girls, for sexual services in June 2005
■$385 to J& K Catering for sexual services in August 2007