Jail for ex Qld union boss over corruption

Former union boss David Hanna has been sentenced to an extra two years in jail for corrupt activity.
Former union boss David Hanna has been sentenced to an extra two years in jail for corrupt activity.

An ex-union boss whose plush Queensland home was worked on by tradies paid for by Mirvac has been sentenced to two years jail for corrupt activity.

It will be added to the unrelated prison time former CFMEU Queensland senior vice-president David Arthur Hanna, 55, is already serving for rape and other offences.

His Brisbane District Court trial had heard Mirvac's sub-contractors billed about $161,000 of work at Hanna's Cornubia house to a large shopping centre development using false invoices.

His co-accused, former Mirvac project manager Mathew Jason McAllum was found not guilty.

The court heard the charge stemmed from building works between February and November 2013, after a family friend of Hanna's built part of the 480-square metre home.

The work by a number of tradies would have "involved considerable planning and organisation", Judge Brad Farr said in sentencing Hanna.

He said tradespeople were put in a difficult position of having to submit fraudulent invoices or not invoice at all to "stay in the good books of Mirvac to supply them with more work".

Mirvac is a large property developer, with projects across Australia.

Judge Farr said the only appropriate sentence was imprisonment because the crime was serious and difficult to detect.

A second former Mirvac executive, Queensland commercial construction boss, Adam Moore, was also allegedly involved in the scheme but has since died.

Decisions related to construction activities at a cost level equivalent to Hanna's home would have been handled by Mr Moore, the trial was told.

The court heard the Cornubia house will be put on the market and restitution paid.

Hanna wiped away tears as the court heard his ex-wife and daughter who live in the house would move as a result.

Hanna was involved in union work from 1995 until he resigned in 2015.

He is serving a prison sentence for raping a woman, who was too drunk to consent to sex, after meeting her at a Fortitude Valley bar.

Hanna would have been eligible for parole in February 2022 but after Friday's sentence he will be eligible a year later on February 22, 2023, Judge Farr said.

Australian Associated Press