Mehajer facing jail after fraud finding

Former Auburn mayor Salim Mehajer.

Story appeared in: Review | June 18th, 2018

LIDCOMBE'S most infamous groom will find out on Friday whether he is heading back to jail after being convicted of electoral fraud in April.
Property developer Salim Mehajer was found guilty 77 counts of electoral fraud in relation to the 2012 Auburn Council elections in a "joint criminal enterprise" with his sister Fatima, who has previously pleaded guilty to the charges.
At a sentencing hearing last week, Mr Mehajer offered an apology to the court, and also explained that he had recently been diagnosed as being bipolar.
The former deputy mayor of Auburn, first hit national headlines after his elaborate wedding to Aysha Learmonth in August 2015 shut down a Lidcombe Street, but the relationship broke down less than a year later.
After spending two months in jail earlier this year before being freed on $200,000 bail, he returned to custody on May 11 after allegedly breaching bail conditions on other charges before being released again this month.
Facing a number of other legal cases, including several related to his business dealings, the 31-year-old was also convicted in May of intimidating his ex-wife, and sentenced via video-link to an 18-month good behaviour bond. His legal team have since lodged an appeal against the conviction. A second charge of contravening an apprehended violence order (AVO) was dismissed.
Battling a bankruptcy finding which returns to Federal Court on Thursday, June 21, he is also yet to face unrelated charges of of perverting the course of justice and conspiring to cheat or defraud relating to an alleged staged car crash in October 2017.

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