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Craig Thomson to Face 50 New Charges on Monday!

November 26, 2013

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Disgraced Federal MP Craig Thomson is expected to face about 50 new charges when he finally fronts a contested hearing on fraud charges next week.

The new charges will bring to 224 the number of charges being faced by Mr Thomson who is fighting allegations he used a union credit card to pay for porn and prostitutes.

Despite the new charges prosecutors have not alleged any further criminality but say the extra counts will be added to clarify details of their case.

Mr Thomson, who failed to be re-elected to the NSW seat of Dobell at the September election, was at the Melbourne Magistrates Court for this morning’s short hearing.

The court heard the submission to add the new charges came following claims by Mr Thomson’s legal team that the 173 charges he was facing were duplicitous.

They say the issue of duplicity of charges arose from alleged non-authorised behaviour being asserted in up to three or four different and inconsistent ways.

The new charges are expected to help clarify allegations of Mr Thomson’s offending on about 66 separate occassions, the court heard.

They stem from Mr Thomson’s time as national secretary of the Health Services Union.

It is alleged he used union credit cards to spend thousands of dollars on prostitutes, pornographic films, flights, accommodation, meals and cigarettes.

Mr Thomson’s Sydney-based barrister Greg James, QC, successfully applied to adjourn today’s proceedings until Monday to allow discussions to continue between the parties.

The court heard the discussions had been “with purpose and good intent and we are making progress”.

The submission prompted magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg, who previously expressed his frustration about the length of pre-trial arguments, to joke about the delay in proceedings.

“I don’t know what it is with these sorts of cases…it’s very hard to get them to kick off,” he quipped.

The matter will resume on Monday.

 

 

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2013 11:59 am

    But he’s innocent!

  2. paul permalink
    November 26, 2013 12:01 pm

    Where are the charges against Kathy Jackson.

  3. Walrus permalink
    November 26, 2013 12:05 pm

    LOL

    Yes that traitorious slut………….of course.

    She slept with someone who shared a lift with someone once

  4. November 26, 2013 12:30 pm

    Ya think this may have a slight tinge of political motivation? Maybe? another bitchy witch hunt from the producers of Ashbygate and Hansongate. If the Liberal party spent as much time on policy as they do on scuttlebutt and lies they may not be so ineptly incompetent and policyless.

  5. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 26, 2013 12:44 pm

    Of course he’s innocent! Those oracles at CW insist, and they’d know.

    The defence according to those nongs-

    1. Think of the baby
    2. His wife supports him
    3. Who on earth spends money on prostitutes?
    4. The media framed him
    5. Kathy Jackson is a bitch
    6. Kathy Jackson is on with FWA VP Lawler
    7. Lawler ‘shared an office’ with the investigator
    8. Kathy Jackson is a bitch, and a slut
    9. It’s a media beat up
    10. Ban those who comment to the contrary

  6. Splatterbottom permalink
    November 26, 2013 1:25 pm

    “Ya think this may have a slight tinge of political motivation? “

    Spot on Bed Pann! Everyone knows how corrupt Victorian prosecutors are! One phone call from the Liberal party is all it took. Thomson has been framed yet again. Whenever a Unionland operative is charged with anything you can be pretty sure that it is politically motivated. Look at the lengths that Liberal stooge Peter Baldwin went to just to make the ALP look bad!

  7. November 26, 2013 2:08 pm

    But reporters tried to photograph his wife while she was having a shower!!

    Lurking under the bathroom window like that – it’s a disgrace!!

  8. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 26, 2013 2:43 pm

    …and who amongst us hasn’t rorted their expenses on prostitutes, porn and personal expenses?

    Which of us hasn’t abused the trust of our employer to make cash withdrawals for a bit of non-accountable personal expenditure? Who wouldn’t misuse lots of money provided by lowly paid people who have trusted us?

    It’s just crazy the way everyone is picking on poor Craig!

    Didn’t they listen to his “comprehensive statement”? I certainly have “complete confidence” in him.

    By the way, Kathy Jackson is a bitch.

  9. TB Queensland permalink
    November 26, 2013 2:50 pm

    YAWN … haven’t we covered this shite enuff! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ …

    And right now of what relevance … politically or otherwise … 🙄 🙄

  10. November 26, 2013 3:47 pm

    Maybe it wasn’t Ashby who was driving Pynes chocolate buss at all..It was Thomson? Maybe he did JFK and Harold Holt too? Maybe the minister for the Farts has the Polaroids? The education minister and the PM have form guvnor.. What relevance? TB surly you jest…May I quote the whole fucking fiberal party..IT GOES TO A QUESTION OF CHARACTER… yawn 🙄

  11. Walrus permalink
    November 26, 2013 4:00 pm

    “YAWN … haven’t we covered this shite enuff! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ … ”

    Yeah…………………..can we talk about Pink Batts and School Halls ????????????

  12. egg permalink
    November 27, 2013 8:08 am

    ‘THE police fraud case against former Labor MP Craig Thomson could be in doubt with the revelation that Victorian prosecutors offered to drop all 173 charges over alleged misuse of union credit cards if he pleaded guilty to a single offence of “obtaining benefits by deception”.

    ‘Mr Thomson’s lawyer, Chris McArdle, told The Australian yesterday his client was offered the deal to face a “single charge” on Friday during pre-trial discussions between prosecution and defence legal teams.’

    – See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/craig-thomson-fraud-case-in-doubt/story-fn59noo3-1226769071861#sthash.5uZt8VU5.dpuf

  13. December 4, 2013 12:38 pm

    Craig Thomson and “the red turbo spa room”….

    http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/thomson-used-alias-for-escort-court-told-20131204-2ypve.html

  14. Walrus permalink
    December 4, 2013 12:48 pm

    LOL

    I raced straight over there to take some photos and here they are……….

    http://www.tiffanysgirls.com.au/tiffanys_room_details.aspx?print=18

  15. December 4, 2013 12:54 pm

    LOL…. 😆

  16. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    December 4, 2013 1:30 pm

    That seems amazing!

    I just can’t see that Craig would be interested in prostitutes. His wife is nice, and he has a baby. I’ve never heard of men philandering when they have a wife and baby.

    Also, he made a comprehensive statement, and that should have been enough to persuade even the most cynical.

  17. December 4, 2013 2:24 pm

    Craig ‘You have unleashed the lynch mob’ Thomson used the alias Jeff Thomson at Sydney brothels…

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/court-told-details-of-craig-thomsons-alleged-brothel-expenses-20131204-2ypxe.html

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