22 June 2018Hot off the Press
Former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer was sentenced to 21 months of imprisonment for electoral fraud on Friday, and will spend at least 11 months in prison before being eligible for parole.
Mr Mehajer was convicted of 77 instances of electoral fraud, relating to the rigging of the 2012 local government election.
Magistrate Beverley Schurr described Mr Mehajer’s offences as striking “at the heart of the electoral system”.
In the space of on hour in July 2012 Mr Mehajer and his family submitted a large number of false applications to vote in the local government election to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
AEC staff became suspicious and investigations subsequently confirmed more than 50 forms were forgeries, and others contained false addresses.
Magistrate Schurr said that the consequences and planning involved in committing the offence put it at the high end of criminality for electoral fraud.
Mr Mehajer is expected to appeal the decision and apply for bail.