Michael Williamson, the former head of the Health Services Union, has been sentenced to a minimum five years jail after pleading guilty to defrauding the union of almost $1 million.
The District Court Judge David Frearson described Williamson as “brazen and arrogant”.
Williamson created false invoices for a company in his wife’s name, defrauding the union of $340,000 from 2006 to 2009.
He also admitted defrauding printing firm Access Focus of $600,000.
Williamson was facing a possible 20 years in jail after pleading guilty to four charges including fraud and hindering a police investigation.
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