Thomson guilty of fraud, theft charges

Craig Thomson
Craig Thomson

Former federal MP Craig Thomson has been found guilty of some of the fraud and theft charges against him, but acquitted of others, by a magistrate.

Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg returned the mixed verdict on Tuesday after overseeing the trial against Thomson, who was accused of misusing union funds while head of the Health Services Union.

Thomson, 49, showed little emotion as he sat in the front row of a packed court room as Mr Rozencwajg handed down his verdicts in Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Thomson was accused of using HSU credit cards and a Flight Centre account to accrue more than $28,000 in personal expenses, including sexual services, adult films in hotel rooms and flights and cigarettes for his then wife between 2002 and 2007, when he was the union's national secretary.

He was also accused of using union funds to pay for personal items after he left the union to become the Labor member for the NSW seat of Dobell in 2007.

He lost the seat in last year's election, standing as an independent.