In the latest legal setback to hit Salim Mehajer, the embattled property developer and former Auburn deputy mayor has been ordered to pay $18,000 or get the heck out of the Vaucluse mansion he’s been renting since last year.
Per report in Fairfax, the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal made the order yesterday morning, after complaints that Mehajer had failed to make rent payments on the luxury waterfront property in the exclusive Sydney suburb.
In August of last year, Mehaer announced that he would be vacating his mansion in Lidcombe, where amenities include a 13-car garage, a marble staircase and a custom-made Swarovski crystal chandelier. He reportedly planned to lease the property out for $3000 a week.
“You live, you learn and you upgrade,” he said at the time, before it was revealed that he would be relocating to the rented property in Vaucluse.
Salim Mehajer was arrested in January and charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice and conspiring to cheat or defraud. He could face up to 24 years in prison for the charges, which relate to a car crash that was allegedly staged to avoid a court appearance.
At the time of the crash last October, the businessman was headed to court to face separate charges relating to the alleged robbery and assault of a taxi driver. Lawyer Brett Galloway had been representing him, but withdrew two weeks ago.
Galloway cited an “ethical dilemma” for stepping own, although Mehajer’s assets have been frozen as creditors pursue two of his companies for around $97 million, and it is understood that he was no longer able to pay his representatives.
Last week, the Auburn Warriors rugby league club announced that it would be folding, laying the blame on Mehajer and saying that he reneged on a sponsorship deal worth $100,000.
He remains behind bars, although NSW Corrective Services has not revealed which of is various facilities is holding him.