Jackson ‘ wads of cash’ claim
FORMER Health Services Union boss Kathy Jackson allegedly withdrew “vast wads” of cash to avoid being caught misusing its funds.
Barrister Mark Irving, for the union, alleges Ms Jackson ( right) cashed cheques, distributed money to branch committee of management members and pocketed the rest.
He told the Federal Court Ms Jackson was trying to avoid a c c ountabil - ity for “straight out” misappropriation.
“T h e r e ’ s only one rational reason for withdrawing such vast wads of cash,” he told a civil trial in Melbourne, where the HSU is suing Ms Jackson for upwards of $ 2.5 million despite her declaring bankruptcy.
She is accused of using $ 660,000 of members’ funds for personal use. The court has heard allegations she set up the National Health Development Account in 2003 and used it to hold union funds entirely under her control.
Ms Jackson has not appeared in court for the trial, instead writing to say she could not afford to be represented and that the matter was now a claim against her estate.