Salim Mehajer Properties Raided
Financial authorities have stormed properties across Sydney linked to the controversial former Auburn deputy mayor.
What you need to know
- Properties associated with Salim Mehajer have been raided at the request of his bankruptcy trustee
- Eight properties were targeted in search of financial records
- Mehajer is currently before the courts facing around 10 concurrent civil and criminal matters
Authorities have raided a number of properties across Sydney connected to disgraced property developer Salim Mehajer, searching for financial records.
Eight properties were targeted by the Australian Financial Securities Authorities as part of the raids which were requested by Mehajer's Trustee in Bankruptcy, Pitcher Partners' Paul Weston.
“The NSW Police Force and Australian Financial Services Authorities (AFSA), as well as representatives from the Trustee’s office Pitcher Partners, raided residential and business premises at eight separate locations in Sydney,” a statement from Pitcher Partners said.
At each of the properties, which included premises of accountants, lawyers, family members and other associated entities who were "believed to be holding records pertaining to Mehajer's business property and affairs", up to 10 investigators including forensic accountants and IT specialists were involved.
NSW Police have confirmed they were in attendance to prevent a break of the peace.
The operation comes after three months of investigation by Pitcher Partners since Mehajer was declared bankrupt on March 20 by the Federal Circuit Court. The notice was issued after the former Auburn deputy mayor's company, SM Project Developments, failed to pay a debt of more than $200,000.
As a result of the raids, documents, electronics and assets including a motorbike were seized.
"We have seized a range of documents and some property, so we have accomplished what we wanted to achieve today," Pitcher Partners' Paul Weston said in a statement.
"We will now sift through the files and documents we have taken into possession as the next phase of our investigation."
Mehajer told Ten Eyewitness News that the motorbike had been seized as part of a "forensic investigation" relating to a recent break in at his parents' house.
Never far from the headlines, Mehajer is currently awaiting sentencing after he was found guilty of electoral fraud in April. On Thursday last week, he was granted conditional bail after his sentencing was unexpectedly adjourned when he broke down in court.
The controversial developer also spent two months behind bars over charges of fraud and perverting the course of justice over allegedly staging a car crash in October last year in order to avoid a court appearance.