10:07 GMT18 June 2021
Listen Live
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    0 41
    Subscribe

    Former Australian lawmaker Craig Thomson got a $25,000 fine instead of a prison term. He used about $5,000 of the Health Services Union to pay his personal expenses.

    MOSCOW, December 17 (Sputnik) — Former head of Australia's Health Services Union (HSU) Craig Thomson escaped a prison term, and was instead fined $25,000 for stealing about $5,000 of the union's funds, The Australian reported Wednesday.

    The Victorian County Court found Thomson guilty of embezzling funds of the health workers' association to pay his personal expenses, the newspaper said. However, the court decided that imprisonment would be an inappropriate punishment for the crime.

    Prosecutor Lesley Taylor argued that a prison term would have been a fair punishment for Thomson's offense, citing cases when the Court of Appeal imprisoned people for similar crimes.

    The court session that ended Wednesday was an appeal hearing. In March, Thomson was convicted of both theft and fraud and sentenced to three months in prison and a nine months suspended sentence. However, he was released on bail.

    Earlier in the week, the court also dropped fraud charges against the former official.

    Apart from the $25,000 fine, Thomson will have to pay $5,650 in compensation to the HSU within three months. The politician claimed that he is not guilty.

    Thomson was the HSU national secretary from 2002 to 2007. In 2007 he was elected to Australia's House of Representatives. In 2013, the politician left parliament after losing in elections.

    Related:

    Australia Budget Deficit Jumps 30% After Worst Trade Balance Since 1959
    Australia's Abbott Plans Aboriginals Constitutional Acknowledgement in 2017
    Australia to Provide $2Mln to Ukraine's Armed Forces: Kiev
    Australia to Contribute $165 Million to UN Climate Fund
    Tags:
    health, charges, money, court hearing, Australia
    Community standardsDiscussion