/ 18 November 2021

Craig Thomson charged in fake visa scheme

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

The former federal Labor MP and union official was charged yesterday over his alleged involvement in a fraudulent migration scheme. Described by Federal Police as the “prime facilitator”, Thomson’s accused of being part of a “cash for visas” rort that generated 130 fraudulent visa applications over 4 years. He’s said to have made $2 million from the scheme that left vulnerable foreign workers in the food services and regional farm work industries with fake documents. Best known for misusing funds from the Health Services Union via his spending on sex workers and his 2007 campaign for the NSW Central Coast seat of Dobell, Thomson was served with an apprehended domestic violence order to protect his wife last week.

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