THE POLICE HAVE DONE ME WRONG – Thursday February 7 2013

– A defiant Craig Thomson is facing damaging criminal charges that he misused $42,800, allegedly using union credit cards to pay for prostitutes, R-rated movies and ATM withdrawals.

As the Gillard Government continues to reel from the scandal, Victoria Police yesterday outlined 154 fraud offences against Mr Thomson including allegations he spent more than $5000 on escort services while he was Health Services Union boss between 2002 and 2007.

During a packed court appearance in Melbourne, the MP was warned against contacting sex workers at a number of brothels including Boardroom Escorts, Tiffany’s Girls and Young Blondes.

Fraud Squad detectives, who have spent 18 months pursuing the embattled MP, outlined a number of damaging allegations including that he dishonestly used HSU funds to pay for cigarettes, air travel, food and even firewood.

The charge sheets allege the now cross-bench MP lived the high life as a union boss, staying at the Hilton, Hyatt and other upmarket hotels, and purchasing in-house pornographic movies on 21 separate occasions.

Alongside his wife, Zoe, and with his lawyer close by, the embattled MP slammed the police investigation as he left the Melbourne Magistrates Court to a waiting media scrum he likened to an AFL Grand Final.

Police have alleged that Mr Thomson made seven separate payments for escort services between 2003 and 2007, including $2475.00 to Keywed, which trades as Sydney Outcalls, $660 to A Touch of Class and $770 to Boardroom Escorts.

He is also alleged to have stolen $3750 through a series of ATM withdrawals using his union credit cards.

Prosecutors said Mr Thomson was now facing 154 charges, five more than the 149 he faced after his NSW arrest last week.

A brief of evidence, expected to comprise 20 volumes, was expected to be served on Mr Thomson’s legal team by April 17th, the court heard.

Mr Thomson’s lawyer applied to have a bail condition, that ordered Mr Thomson not to contact certain witnesses, be removed. He said because prosecutors were unable to provide Mr Thomson with a list of witnesses it was an unfair condition that was a recipe for trouble.

But Magistrate Donna Bakos refused the application because the condition placed no undue onus on Mr Thomson.

Instead, she varied the condition, ordering he not knowingly contact witnesses.

Mr Thomson did not say anything throughout the 15-minute hearing until asked whether he understood the revised conditions.

He simply answered “Yes, Your Honour” – Shannon Deery & Steve Lewis


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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