Luxurious LifeStyle – ‘Selfish’ union boss Kathy Jackson defrauded members to fund lavish way of life
A court docket has heard why union boss Kathy Jackson ‘selfishly’ rorted greater than $100,000 out of low-paid members to fund her lavish spending habits.
The 52-year-old has prevented jail for utilizing work bank cards and doubtful expense claims to spend HSU funds on abroad journeys, expense artwork, furnishings and a luxurious automobile.
“You selfishly used your money for your own lifestyle purposes,” County Courtroom of Victoria Choose Amanda Fox stated on Thursday.
She ordered Jackson to a jail time period of 24 months, but it surely was wholly suspended for 2 years and 6 months.
The previous Victorian Well being Providers Union boss took greater than $102,892.85 throughout her time on the job.
The choose discovered the disgraced boss confirmed no regret and had by no means apologised for her crimes.
“I find it was motivated by greed not need and perhaps a sense of entitlement,” Choose Fox advised Jackson.
The present head of the Well being Providers Union Lloyd Williams stated in a press release the affect towards the union had been “enormous”.
“The scandals associated with senior officers became notorious,” he stated.
Jackson pleaded responsible to 2 fees of acquiring monetary benefit to the tune of $67,792.85 by deception in October.
After her plea it was revealed the previous union head was discovered responsible of comparable fees after a two-month lengthy trial final yr.
Jurors discovered Jackson spent $22,000 on a Mercedes Benz for her former husband, which she claimed as “legal fees” in an expense type, and splurged $13,100 on a visit that she claimed again from the HSU.
She admitted final month to utilizing three union bank cards for private spending and took 23 unauthorised journeys interstate and abroad between 2003 and 2010.
A visit to Bali was booked days earlier than and was a “spur of the moment” determination, the court docket was beforehand advised.
She spent greater than $56,000 on abroad journeys to lavish locations corresponding to a New 12 months’s Eve journey to New York staying on the dear Paramount Resort and “shopping trips” to India and Hong Kong with pals.
Jackson blew the whistle on her predecessor former Labor MP Craig Thompson and the ex-union normal secretary Michael Williamson in 2011.