Thomson goes to jail

March 26th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

News.com.au reports:

HE ripped off lowly-paid health services workers, fraudulently using union funds to satisfy his cravings for prostitutes and porn.

He then lied to the nation — under parliamentary privilege — falsely claiming the charges against him were the work of vicious enemies out to cause his downfall.

But the sum total of disgraced former Labor MP ’s dirty deeds and deceit added up to just three months in jail yesterday — of which he served just two hours in the lock-up before being granted bail ahead of an appeal.

Thomson, 49, was given a 12-month prison sentence, but nine-months was suspended over two years.

That’s a light sentence, especially compared to what Taito Philip Field got.

 

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15 Responses to “Thomson goes to jail”

  1. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,811 comments) says:

    Some time inside is better than none at all.

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  2. Alan (1,064 comments) says:

    Field abused his office to gain personally, Thomson ripped off union members, he didn’t abuse elected office.

    Very different situations.

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  3. anticorruptionnz (166 comments) says:

    We dont look upon fraud committed by those in public office seriously enough .

    For 8 years i have been trying to get action on the animal welfare Institute of New Zealand a fictional law enforcement authority ( it had powers equivalent to those of the RNZSPCA for search seizure and prosecution )

    This is a major public fraud covered up at 40,000 feet. I still cant get any one to act on this it was a massive public fraud.. Public office for private pecuniary gain and making a false statement to get law enforcement authority .

    The fact that Thompson was even prosecuted at all is a victory as all too many have the ability to persuade crown law office to drop the charges as happened with American Business man Terry Hay who had 22 fraud charges ( brought bu the Ministry of economic developments) dropped despite his co offender having been convicted.

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  4. dave53 (85 comments) says:

    He hasn’t gone to jail. He is free pending an appeal. He still claims he is completely innocent!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. secondcumming (90 comments) says:

    Yep, free until his appeal is heard in November. Alert the escort agencies.

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  6. dubya (214 comments) says:

    Field spent less than two years in prison, despite a 6 year sentence. A pity we couldn’t deport him back to Samoa.

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  7. notrotsky (62 comments) says:

    Looks like the Australian judiciary (or their ability to deliver fair sentences) is as fucked as that in NZ.

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  8. Sam A (18 comments) says:

    One of the extraordinary things about the Field situation is that long after he was convicted and sent to jail for 6 years for gaining a personal benefit of something like $48,000 IIRC, he was prosecuted under the Proceeds of Crime Act to ‘recover’ the money, and the Crown had to accept the figure being cut in half to about $24,000. So the jury never knew that the amount they convicted him on was completely wrong. Of course even the $24k was a highly subjective assessment of the ‘market’ value of trade work in Auckland. The reality is that in 2005, the going rates for rough jobs done by immigrant labourers on cheap housing in South Auckland were very low indeed.

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  9. RRM (9,471 comments) says:

    For the avoidance of confusion, this is an Australian Labor Party MP that DPF is casually trying to link with TP Field here in NZ…

    (I see what you’re doing, shame on you.)

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  10. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Not only are these lefties leeches, they have no compassion when they steal, whether, like our NZ bludger McCarten, it be from union members or taxpayers; like his Aussie mate, they are really desperate mongrels when the trough gets a bit low.

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  11. AG (1,784 comments) says:

    That’s a light sentence, especially compared to what Taito Philip Field got.

    Probably because they were convicted of completely different offences, meaning the comparison is a bit weird.

    By the same token, you could say that the sentence is heavier than that imposed on Sir Douglas Graham (you know, the ex-National Party MP who lost all those peoples money because he mislead them in the investment statement).

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  12. Elaycee (4,304 comments) says:

    @Andrew Geddis:

    Was it just a momentary lapse (2.22pm) on your part that made you forget to mention that, standing alongside Sir Doug Graham was none other than ex Labour Justice Minister Bill Jeffries?

    Or was it just a case of your (red) slip, showing? :roll:

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  13. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    AG: You lefties always hide facts . . . ex-Labour Minister of Justice Jeffries was also in the dock alongside Graham; was that a convenient deletion on your behalf?

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  14. DJP6-25 (1,272 comments) says:

    It’s way past time for a Corruption Commission here. Nats won’t do it without a partner that really wants it though.

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  15. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    R you getting an IDEA how Corrupt Aus is yet?

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