Craig Thomson fraud conviction bolsters Royal Commission

THE argument for the Abbott Government's Royal Commission on union finances has been bolstered by fraud convictions against former Labor MP Health Services union official Craig Thomson.

A Victorian court on Tuesday found Mr Thomson guilty of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by using union funds to pay for a prostitute during his tenure as HSU national secretary.

The court also dismissed 13 charges against Mr Thomson related to the use of a union credit card to pay for pornographic movies, as the court found no evidence he was dishonest about that conduct.

While Mr Thomson had previously maintained his innocence of the more than 140 fraud charges police made against him, the court found otherwise.

The findings of the case will likely reinforce the federal government's argument for a Royal Commission, which will include further investigations into Mr Thomson's tenure at the HSU, among other union financial issues.

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