Ex-MP Craig Thomson granted bail for alleged COVID-19 fraud

Former Federal Representative Craig Thomson has been released on bail after being charged with attempted fraud COVID-19 relief schemes.

The 57-year-old is accused of filing false applications for the Small Business COVID-19 Support Grant and the COVID-19 Small Business Hardship Grant for a total value of $ 25,000.

The grants were applied for against a demolished café, which had stopped trading, and Mr Thomson allegedly inflated numbers and forged his estranged wife’s signature, the court heard.

Former Member of Parliament Craig Thomson has been charged with fraud. (Alex Ellinghausen)

He is accused of then spending the money on private school money, a car and credit card debt.

Thomson has also allegedly filed a false $ 3,000 JobSaver payment application every fortnight that police said was not approved or paid.

Police claimed that Mr Thomson was also fraudulently trying to seek a rent reduction.

NSW police prosecutors claimed in court today that Mr Thomson had a history of non-compliance and a clear contempt for court orders, but the judge gave bail.

Outside Gosford Police Station this afternoon, Craig Thomson dismissed the charges.
Outside Gosford Police Station this afternoon, Craig Thomson dismissed the charges. (9 news)

Thomson was arrested outside a childcare center in Gosford yesterday for allegedly breaking an AVO that prevented him from getting in touch with his ex-wife.

While under arrest, he was then charged with two counts of dishonest obtaining financial gain by fraud, publishing false and misleading material for gain, and producing false documents for gain.

The queries were part of the ongoing investigation under Strike Force Sainsbery into the actual and attempted fraud of NSW Government schemes.

Officers said the investigation is ongoing and that further arrests are expected.

Outside Gosford Police Station this afternoon, Mr Thomson denied the allegations and was emotional when he talked about his children.

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