AFP search disgraced ex-MP Craig Thomson's home in fraud investigation

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Craig Thomson leaves the County Court in 2015. Picture: Nathan DyerSource:News Corp Australia

Former Labor politician Craig Thomson has had his home searched by police as part of an investigation into a syndicate allegedly defrauding the federal government.

Australian Federal Police carried out a search warrant at the disgraced ex-MP’s Central Coast home on Wednesday, as part of an ongoing multi-agency operation.

Police also executed a search warrant at a property in Queensland, the AFP said.

The Australian Border Force, Department of Home Affairs and AUSTRAC – the federal government’s financial intelligence agency – have all been involved in the investigation, an AFP spokeswoman said.

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Craig Thomson’s home was searched on Wednesday. Picture: Kym SmithSource:News Limited

The AFP said on Wednesday afternoon the investigation was ongoing and that no further information was available at this time.

Mr Thomson, was the national secretary of the Health Services Union from 2002 until the 2007 federal election, when he was elected to represent the seat of Dobell on the Central Coast.

The Labor Party suspended Mr Thompson in 2012, while he was an MP, after he was accused of misusing union funds while he was an HSU official.

The Federal Court later found he had spent tens of thousands of HSU members’ dollars on sex workers and his own political campaign.

Mr Thompson ran again for Dobell as an independent in the 2013 federal election, but secured just 4 per cent of the primary vote.

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