Breach bail and lose $50,000, ex-HSU boss told

11/09/2018 Posted by admin

A raft of new charges … Michael Williamson.Former union boss Michael Williamson will forfeit $50,000 if he breaches his bail conditions, which include an order to stay away from a key union official and the couple who allegedly provided him and Federal MP Craig Thomson with American Express cards.
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Williamson, a former head of both the Health Services Union and the Labor Party, was hit with another 28 charges when he arrived at Waverley Local Court today.

Those charges include 27 charges of cheating and defrauding the union of more than $600,000. He is alleged to have channelled union funds into a company run by his wife Julieanne.

Mrs Williamson’s company Canme, named after the first initials of the couple’s five children, is alleged to have been paid more than $15,000 per month by the union from 2001 until 2009.

Mrs Williamson billed the union for doing archiving work. However, the police are alleging that such services were never provided.

Williamson was also charged with money laundering $400,000. The police charge street claims that he did “knowingly deal with the proceeds of crime”.

Williamson, whose court appearance today lasted only a couple of minutes, was arrested earlier this month and charged with 20 offences, mainly related to his attempts to hinder the investigation of his activities by detectives from Strike Force Carnarvon.

According to police documents tendered in court, on 13 September, 2011, the day after the strike force was established, Williamson is alleged to have recruited Brad Bird “to carry out a criminal activity” by hindering the police investigation.

Bird and Williamson were co-owners of United Edge, a company which was charging the union $1 million per year to provide IT services.

John and Carron Gilleland, who ran Communigraphix which printed the union’s newsletter, are also mentioned in the charge sheet.

It was revealed last year that Mr and Mrs Gilleland had provided secret commissions to Williamson and federal MP Craig Thomson in the form of American Express cards, which were attached the Gilleland’s account.

Williamson is alleged to have recruited Carron Gilleland to hinder the police investigation in April this year.

Williamson’s son Christopher also features in a charge relating to hindering police. In May this year Chris Williamson is alleged to have smuggled documents from the union headquarters while a police raid was taking place.

Outside court Detective Superintendent Colin Dyson, head of the Cyber and Fraud Squad, indicated that Williamson was likely to be charged with further offences and that two senior union officials may be charged over this matter.

As part of Williamson’s bail conditions he was ordered not to approach or contact the Gillelands, HSU east’s former acting general secretary Peter Mylan, his former business partner Brad Bird and union whistleblower Kathy Jackson.

Williamson’s matter was adjourned until January 24.

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