Former Auburn Deputy Mayor Salim Mehajer is pursued down the street by the media as he leaves Burwood Local Court after being granted bail in Sydney, Monday, November 20, 2017. Mehajer was arrested over night after breaching an AVO but was granted bail this afternoon.
Former Auburn Deputy Mayor Salim Mehajer is pursued down the street by the media as he leaves Burwood Local Court after being granted bail in Sydney, Monday, November 20, 2017. Mehajer was arrested over night after breaching an AVO but was granted bail this afternoon. AAP Image - Dean Lewins

Salim’s race to find $1 million

LIFE'S never dull for controversial businessman and former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer.

On top of facing a series of court battles over everything from his former relationship to his crumbling business empire, now he can reportedly add the threat of bankruptcy to the list.

The 31-year-old is currently under "virtual house arrest" and facing charges of breaching an AVO taken out by ex-wife Aysha, committing electoral fraud and civil cases about his property developments.

The lavish floating marble staircase which Salim Mehajer has not paid builders for, and now faces a bill of almost $1 million or bankruptcy. Picture: Supplied
The lavish floating marble staircase which Salim Mehajer has not paid builders for, and now faces a bill of almost $1 million or bankruptcy. Picture: Supplied

Now, he has been threatened with bankruptcy unless he coughs up $1 million in the next fortnight to pay for a lavish marble staircase in his ostentatious Lidcombe home, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

The floating staircase inside his $3 million home featured in a music video clip for US rapper Bow Wow.

The marble marvel was made by Prime Marble & Granite, but Mehajer did not pay the invoice of $596,178, the newspaper reports.

The Greenacre company sued him and won, with NSW District Court Judge Judith Gibson in October ordering Mehajer to pay up to almost $1 million - the cost of the staircase and about $400,000 to cover Prime Marble's court costs.

Mehajer was served a bankruptcy notice on November 3 after failing to pay, and has until December 12 to pay up, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

Salim Mehajer and Aysha’s lavish wedding. The couple is now estranged and AVO proceedings continue against him. Picture: Toby Zerna
Salim Mehajer and Aysha’s lavish wedding. The couple is now estranged and AVO proceedings continue against him. Picture: Toby Zerna

He's been given until December 12 to pay the $1 million or be made the subject of bankruptcy proceedings in time for Christmas. But Mehajer is understood to be fighting the move, with a Federal Circuit Court date for a hearing to have the notice set aside.

Mehajer's parents declared themselves bankrupt in December 2016 after allegedly clocking up $10 million in unpaid tax debts.

Mehajer's lavish house was the backdrop for his extravagant wedding to his now-estranged wife Aysha Learmonth in August 2015. It was the so-called 'wedding of the century', which shut down a suburb and involved four helicopters, a jet, a private sea plane and a motorcade of luxury cars and motorbikes.

Mehajer’s lavish Lidcombe pile. Picture: Supplied.
Mehajer’s lavish Lidcombe pile. Picture: Supplied.


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