Disgraced former deputy mayor Salim Mehajer’s sister allegedly lodged an insurance claim hours after the ‘staged’ car crash in October.
Mr Mehajer’s sister Aiisha lodged the insurance claim with NRMA for a white Mercedes 4WD as her brother was being treated in Westmead hospital, according to Daily Telegraph.
Just days earlier, the policy on the luxury car had been taken out for $156,780, despite the estimated value reportedly being between $95,000 and $125,000.
Aiisha Mehajer, sister of disgraced former deputy mayor Salim Mehajer, lodged an insurance claim hours after his alleged ‘staged’ car crash in October (pictured together)
Aiisha lodged the insurance claim with NRMA for a white Mercedes 4WD as her brother was being treated in Westmead hospital
Police claim Mehajer staged the crash in Lidcombe, south-west Sydney, in October last year in order to avoid facing court over an alleged assault on a taxi driver.
After extensive inquires, invesitgators arrested Mehajer, 31, at a home at Vaucluse, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on Tuesday.
He was taken to Waverley police station where he was charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiring to cheat and defraud.
Police also arrested Mehajer’s friend and business associate, Ahmed Jaghbir, 28, at a home in Lidcombe and also charged him with perverting the course of justice and conspiring to cheat and defraud.
Jaghbir allegedly said he was instructed to arrange the October collision to buy Mehajer some more time before his scheduled court hearing that day, the court heard.
Police claim Mehajer staged the crash in Lidcombe, south-west Sydney, in October last year in order to avoid facing court over an alleged assault on a taxi driver (Mehajer pictured at crash site)
The Mercedes Salim Mehajer was driving when he collided with a Mitsubishi in October
Shortly after the arrests of Mehajer and Jaghbir, investigators arrested Elias Moufferrige, 30, and his wife Malinda Moufferrige, 31, at a home at Lidcombe.
The couple was taken to Auburn police station, where they were charged with conspiring to cheat and defraud in relation to the crash.
They were granted bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on February 12.
Mehajer has remained behind bars since his arrest on Tuesday, after being denied bail by a magistrate on Wednesday morning.
Mehajer was arrested on Tuesday and charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiring to cheat and defraud
Magistrate Jennifer Giles said Mehajer’s alleged crime struck ‘at the very heart of the criminal justice system’ and he had not shown cause as to why his detention was unjustified.
Mehajer had been due to appear in the Downing Centre Local Court in the city on the morning of the crash to face a charge of assaulting a taxi driver.
Pictures taken at the scene show him being pulled from the vehicle and placed into a neck brace, before being treated for neck pain and taken to hospital.
His passenger and the occupants of the Mitsubishi – two women, aged 31 and 32 – were not reported to have been injured during the incident.
Detectives from Flemington Local Area Command commenced an investigation into the collision under Strike Force Reppan, NSW police said on Tuesday.
Mehajer has remained behind bars after being denied bail by a magistrate on Wednesday
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