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Salim Mehajer fined for not disclosing political donations

  • Salim Mehajer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to not disclosing political donations
  • He was fined $3,300 over donations while he was Auburn deputy mayor
  • Developer was warned three times to report the donations before charges laid
  • He still faces 100 electoral fraud charges from his 2012 local council campaign

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Salim Mehajer was fined $3,300 for not disclosing political donations received while he was deputy mayor of Auburn.

The flamboyant property developer didn’t appear at a Sydney court on Tuesday morning, but magistrate Megan Greenwood said she received a written guilty plea.

Mehajer was also ordered to pay $3,487 in legal fees to the NSW Electoral Commission, which charged him under election funding laws.

Salim Mehajer was fined $3,300 for not disclosing political donations received while he was deputy mayor of Auburn

Salim Mehajer was fined $3,300 for not disclosing political donations received while he was deputy mayor of Auburn

Salim Mehajer was fined $3,300 for not disclosing political donations received while he was deputy mayor of Auburn

Ms Greenwood said specific deterrence was needed for the 31-year-old as there’d been ‘non-compliance in the past’.

She said the issue struck ‘at the heart of openness and transparency’, which was essential for the community to have confidence in all layers of government. 

‘The community has the right to expect the highest standards from its elected officials,’ she said.

Downing Centre Local Court heard Mehajer was sent two letters and an email reminding him of his obligations but still didn’t comply with the rules.

Mehajer was also ordered to pay $3,487 in legal fees to the NSW Electoral Commission, which charged him under election funding laws

Mehajer was also ordered to pay $3,487 in legal fees to the NSW Electoral Commission, which charged him under election funding laws

Mehajer was also ordered to pay $3,487 in legal fees to the NSW Electoral Commission, which charged him under election funding laws

Downing Centre Local Court heard Mehajer was sent two letters and an email reminding him of his obligations but still didn't comply with the rules

Downing Centre Local Court heard Mehajer was sent two letters and an email reminding him of his obligations but still didn't comply with the rules

Downing Centre Local Court heard Mehajer was sent two letters and an email reminding him of his obligations but still didn’t comply with the rules

Though he got off with just a fine for the donation breaches, Mehajer still faced more than 100 electoral fraud charges stemming from his 2012 council campaign.

He allegedly  ‘engaged in acts of electoral fraud designed to enhance his chances of winning the election’, including submitting fake online enrollment forms for voters.

Mehajer was charged along with his sister Fatima, who was also a candidate but did not win election to the Auburn council.

Prosecutors said they had text messages in which Mehajer allegedly discussed preparing false enrollment applications with her. 

Though he got off with just a fine for the donation breaches, Mehajer still faced more than 100 electoral fraud charges stemming from his 2012 council campaign

Though he got off with just a fine for the donation breaches, Mehajer still faced more than 100 electoral fraud charges stemming from his 2012 council campaign

Though he got off with just a fine for the donation breaches, Mehajer still faced more than 100 electoral fraud charges stemming from his 2012 council campaign

Mehajer was charged along with his sister Fatima (R), who in June pleaded guilty to 77 charges of giving false or misleading information

Mehajer was charged along with his sister Fatima (R), who in June pleaded guilty to 77 charges of giving false or misleading information

Mehajer was charged along with his sister Fatima (R), who in June pleaded guilty to 77 charges of giving false or misleading information

Some of the messages, sent on July 30, 2012, allegedly read ‘What’s the address for my members?’, ‘No such address. I’ll re-enroll him’ and ‘Make sure they are all in Auburn’, the magistrate’s written decision states. 

Mehajer received just 10 per cent of the votes in the poll but was still elected to council. 

Fatima in June pleaded guilty to 77 charges of giving false or misleading information, but wouldn’t be sentenced until her brother’s charges were resolved.

The remaining 51 charges against her of knowingly using false documents to influence a public official were withdrawn.

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