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Today it was announced that Craig Thompson, the former Labor politician and Union leader was found not guilty on 49 counts of fraud. This is fair – if he was found not guilty then that is what the justice system decides. But the reason for being found not guilty, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald and said by Judge Carolyn Douglas was that the prosecution did not word the alleged charges correctly.

He was however, found guilty on thirteen charges of theft related to ATM withdrawals while using Health Services Union credit cards, money he was not authorised to use on himself.

He said when Thomson withdrew cash from his credit cards the cash was the property of the bank, not the union, so there was no basis to the theft allegations against him.

Today, Judge Carolyn Douglas said Thomson had “clearly deceived his employer”. But Judge Douglas said the prosecution case was put in error. “This is a court of law, not a court of morals,” the judge said.

Now, I can understand that the justice system will work as the law requires. But, what I can’t understand is that the government has spent thousands of dollars to run this investigation. When government money isn’t freely available at all right now, it seems like a complete waste of money especially to find this outcome.

Today I want to know, what are your thoughts? Do you think we need to stop spending petty money on things? 

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  1. What a grub he only got a fine of $20.000 dollars not good enough,he would be laughing at this now as he got not jail sentence ,wrong wrong,wrong.?????

  2. This sleazy Scumbag should serve prison time he’s a waste of taxpayers money!!!

    3 REPLY
    • no doubt the state bungled this BUT it may not be over yet ..the state can appeal and more of taxpayers money will be it worth it? Probably not..Kath Jackson( the whistle blower )stole over $1 million from that union, the ICAC has recommended she be charged but she has run off to a mental facility and is claiming she can’t understand anything !.. now that is a rort

  3. $25k fine! What a joke. It was fraud. Probably didn’t get jail because of prisoner uproar if they had to put up with him lol

    2 REPLY
    • He will probably have the hide to ask his constituents for contributions to pay his fines. Should hang his head in shame!

    • Surely his constituents wouldn’t be that stupid. He should at least now be unemployable and will spend the rest of his life in poverty.

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      • what comes round goes round even for him!!!!!

  4. And that’s how we have people on the street like the one who held all those people hostage. There is no justice system anymore.

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