Guilty of electoral fraud

Story appeared in: Review | April 16th, 2018

FORMER Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has been found guilty on multiple counts of electoral fraud.
Local Court magistrate Beverley Schurr said she was "satisfied" that the former Auburn Deputy Mayor and his sister Fatima Mehajer acted in "joint criminal enterprise" to influence the outcome of the 2012 Auburn Council election.
He is expected to appeal the decision.
Mr Mehajer had spent three months in Silverwater Jail before the Supreme Court granted him bail just after Easter while awaiting trial on unrelated charges of perverting the course of justice and conspiring to cheat or defraud.
Those charges relate to a car crash which he is alleged to have staged in October 2017 on the same day he was due in court to face separate assault charges.
After standing for the 2012 Council election ticket with her brother, Ms Mehjaer was due to stand trial last year but on the first day pleaded guilty to 77 counts of giving false or misleading information to the Australian Electoral Commission.
Her sentencing was delayed until after Mr Mehajer's trial had been completed.
During the trial, the court heard that suspicions were aroused after Electoral Commission staff noticed an "unusually large number" of online voter enrolments for the Council election just before the electoral roll closed in July 2012.

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Publication: Review | Section: News | Author: Kim Palmer | Story ID: 136295 | Viewcount: 4586