Prosecutors have cited two key examples of how Craig Thomson allegedly used union funds to pay for sexual services and looked at properties during a weekend trip with his then wife in closing their case against the former federal MP.
Lead prosecutor Lesley Taylor, SC, said two weekends in May highlighted how Mr Thomson used credit cards issued to him in his then role as Health Services Union national secretary to pay for personal expenses.
Prosecutors allege handwriting links Craig Thomson to fraudulent credit card charges. Credit: Jason South. She took magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg through two of the 65 "events" in which the prosecution says Mr Thomson illegally dipped into union funds.
Mr Thomson later prepared a memorandum on HSU paper saying he had spent the money on a "business expense", Ms Taylor said. She said an analysis of the hand-written words "Internat Immobiliare" - the name of a company linked to The Boardroom brothel, which sent Alina - showed a strong resemblance to a sample of Mr Thomson's handwriting.
Telephone call records, credit card statements and frequent flyer statements all linked Mr Thomson to the Westin Hotel that weekend, the court heard. Ms Taylor said examples similar to the two cases she highlighted were repeated "time and time and time again" during Mr Thomson's time as HSU secretary, from toand after he left the union to take up his role as Labor member for the NSW seat of Dobell.
He is also accused of withdrawing cash from union s for himself. Ms Taylor said the issues of whether Mr Thomson was authorised to use union funds, and his subjective belief, were the keys to the case.
She said Mr Thomson was only permitted to use union funds for the advancement of the HSU and its members, and that it "stretches credulity" for him to have believed otherwise. She said he, as a lawyer and experienced union official, would have known the HSU's policies and practices regarding expenses, and that his conduct in trying to mask transactions showed he knew he was doing the wrong thing.
Mr Thomson's defence team did not call any witnesses and will make its submission after the prosecution has finished. One charge against Mr Thomson was dismissed on Tuesday because the alleged offence took place in Sydney, outside the jurisdiction of a Victorian court. The offences Ms Taylor highlighted fell in the jurisdiction because the allegations of theft and obtaining property and financial advantage by deception were against the union, which was based in Victoria.
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