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World News – UA – Former HSU boss Kathy Jackson pleads guilty to fraud

Former National Secretary of the Health Services Union, Kathy Jackson, pleaded guilty to two fraud charges, 10 months after a jury found her guilty of two other similar charges at trial

Former National Secretary of the Health Services Union Kathy Jackson pleaded guilty to two fraud charges, 10 months after jury found her guilty of two other similar charges at trial

Jackson embezzled over $ 100,000 from her union between 2003 and 2010, when she ran an organization that represents poorly paid health workers She was national secretary from 2008 to 2015

Once acclaimed as a whistleblower by the Abbott government for her role in exposing corruption at the administrative level of the HSU, Jackson now faces the ignominy of being the third former union figure to be convicted of charges criminals since 2014, following former colleagues Michael Williamson and Craig Thomson

However, Jackson could be spared jail time, after County Court Judge Mandy Fox said last week she would not hand out jail time on the other two counts. She will be sentenced on four counts in total

Jackson appeared via video link in court on Monday afternoon to plead guilty to two counts of obtaining a financial advantage through deception after days of discussions between his attorneys and prosecutors over a advocacy

Her confession means it can now be reported that in December of last year, Jackson was convicted on two counts of obtaining a financial advantage by deception following an Elle trial. was found not guilty on two further charges of fraud and 18 counts of theft

Suppression order kept media from reporting on last year’s trial and verdicts, until Justice Fox lifted the order

In total, the four charges represent $ 102,892 in HSU funds that Jackson claimed she was entitled to, by misusing credit cards and deceiving union leadership about travel and personal expenses In last year’s trial, prosecutors alleged Jackson stole or defrauded an additional $ 360,000 from the union, but she was found not guilty of the charges.

Jackson showed no reaction when entering her guilty plea on Monday, which contrasted with her court appearance last year when she smiled as the jury left the room and then kissed her supporters and supporters. lawyers

Her Monday afternoon admissions came late, as in the morning she was warned by Judge Fox that last week’s sentencing indication would not apply beyond the day if the ‘case was not resolved If Jackson had chosen to bring the remaining two charges to court, she risked jail if she lost

« If the problem were to be resolved days, weeks or months later the sentencing indication does not apply, » Justice Fox said

Jackson testified in court as part of the lawsuit against Mr. Thomson, his predecessor as national secretary of the HSU who left when he was elected federal Labor MP

Thomson was initially convicted of 65 charges of fraud and theft by a magistrate, relating to using $ 5,650 in union money to pay prostitutes and travel expenses, but was ultimately convicted on appeal for 13 counts and fined $ 25,000

Jackson also made a statement to police against Williamson, the former HSU boss and former National Chairman of the Labor Party who was jailed in 2014 for five years for defrauding the union of nearly $ 1 million over five years

During her trial last year, Jackson testified for several days and said she believed she had the right to claim the travel and personal expenses of her job.

When asked if she robbed the union, she said, « Absolutely not, and that’s what bothers me the most is that – I cared and still take care of. these union members, not just the Health Services Union, but unions around the country

« I’m absolutely sorry I ended up in this position trying to do the right thing all the way through »

In 2015, the Federal Court ordered Jackson to repay nearly $ 1.4 million to the HSU after discovering that it was using union funds to support a lavish lifestyle of travel abroad, d ‘luxury accommodation and fine cuisine

In the civil case in Federal Court, Jackson was found to have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds on clothing, dinners, alcohol, groceries, vacations and other personal expenses

Judge Fox extended Jackson’s bail on Monday to appear at a pre-conviction hearing in November

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World News – UA – Former HSU boss Kathy Jackson pleads guilty to fraud


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