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Salim Mehajer is an infamous Australian-born businessman-turned-politician and convicted criminal. He made a greater portion of his wealth as a self-employed property developer but became very prominent in Australia and beyond due to his extravagant lifestyle. He served as a councilor in the Auburn City Council and he was eventually elected as the deputy mayor.
However, Mehajer has not had it good in recent times both in his business and his political career. He was declared bankrupt in March 2018 and a month later, he received a 21-month prison sentence after he was found guilty of electoral fraud.
Salim Mehajer Biography (Age)
Salim Mehajer was born on the 12th day of June 1986. He was born and raised in the Auburn area of Western Sydney and there, he had his primary education and some part of his secondary education. Upon graduating from Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta, he got into Western Sydney University where he bagged a Bachelor of Housing degree.
In the 2011 New South Wales State election, Mehajer contested as an independent candidate to represent the Auburn electoral district in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. Though he did not succeed at this first attempt, he achieved much success when he ran for another office the following year. He was elected an independent councilor for the City of Auburn in 2012 and was later elected as the city’s deputy mayor.
Salim Mehajer first ran into troubled waters in 2014 when he was found guilty of not properly disclosing his pecuniary interests. This earned him a one-month suspension from civic office. In late 2015, he was again found guilty of non-disclosure of financial interests and this landed him a 4-month suspension which was eventually overturned in February 2016. Coincidentally, the Auburn City Council was also suspended in February 2016, bringing an abrupt end to Mehajer’s tenure as deputy mayor.
Though his tenure in political office had elapsed, Mehajer’s legal battles were far from over. His woes came to a head in June 2017 when he was charged with over 100 electoral fraud offenses which he committed alongside one of his sisters, Fatima during his time in office as the deputy Mayor. His sister pleaded guilty to 77 counts and by June 2018, after a lengthy trial, Mehajer was handed a 21-month sentence with a non-parole period of 11 months. For her role in the scam, his sister Fatima received a two-month suspended prison sentence.
His Wife, Siblings, and Family Life
Beyond the controversies of his political career, Salim Mehajer is well known for his highly publicized marriage with his longtime girlfriend Aysha (née April Amelia Learmonth). She was a beauty therapist before she met Mehajer in 2008 and after they started dating, she quit her job and joined him in the property business. She equally converted to Islam and got her name changed from April to Aysha.
The couple’s whirlwind romance culminated in a very lavish wedding ceremony which took place on August 15, 2015. However, their marriage hit the rocks after only 6 months. Their divorce was finalized in March 2018.
Salim Mehajer’s mother Amal and his father Mohamed Mehajer are both originally from Lebanon. He is the third of his parents’ eight children. He has one brother Khaled and 6 sisters; Fatima, Miriam, Aiisha, Zenna, Khadijah, and Sanna.
Apparently, Salim is not the only member of his family who has had major run-ins with the law. His parents were found guilty of not paying as much as $10 million in taxes. His father was also found culpable in a bribery and fraud scandal which involved Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ).
Salim Mehajer’s exact net worth is currently unknown however, the controversial politician and business developer is known to have run into troubled waters with regards to his finances. Nearly all of his companies have failed and he is massively indebted to the Australian Taxation Office. Consequently, Mehajer was barred by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (AISC) from managing any business corporation for 3 years starting from August 2016. His financial crisis climaxed on March 20, 2018, when he was declared bankrupt by a federal court judge and as a result, an administrator was appointed to manage his assets.