Flamboyant property developer Salim Mehajer, whose companies owe almost $100 million to creditors, took to Instagram on Wednesday to show off his overseas boarding pass – seat 1C at the very front of the plane.
The controversial former deputy mayor of the now defunct Auburn council was jetting off to Los Angeles having won a last-minute change to his bail conditions enabling him to leave the country.
A return flight from Sydney to Los Angeles in Delta’s row 1C is estimated to cost between $7700 and $10,000.
Mr Mehajer, who shot to fame after his ostentatious wedding came to national attention in 2015, is rumoured to be heading to Las Vegas to watch the much-hyped boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
Alongside his Instagram photo, the self-styled “entrepreneur” posted: “Work, work work … then Travel and then repeat #InGoditrust#businessbeforepleasure”
There hasn’t been much pleasure for the 31-year-old on the home front as he is facing a myriad of legal battles, including allegations of electoral fraud, failing to disclose political donations as well as AVOs taken out by his now estranged wife Aysha.
He is also being pursued by a liquidator over his property development company owing almost $900,000 to the Australian Taxation Office.
Mr Mehajer recently lost his bid to oust administrators from two of his companies which owe almost $100 million to creditors but have only $32,000 in the bank.
But it wasn’t just Mr Mehajer’s boarding pass that has raised eyebrows. Featuring in the background of his Instagram photo is his open computer, which reveals some interesting email correspondents.
There is accused fraudster Ian Lazar offering words of encouragement such as: “I know I have been where you are but a lot worse.”
Mr Lazar is facing a raft of criminal charges including fraud, perverting the course of justice, threatening a witness and theft.
“People don’t care if it is true or not,” wrote Mr Lazar, who also offered: “They want you to spend time and money fighting rubbish.”
Another of Mr Mehajer’s correspondents is Greg Huxley, who had his mandatory bankruptcy period extended for deliberately provided false or misleading information to his trustee, as well as continuing to manage a corporation whilst bankrupt and for failing to disclose other sources of income.
Over the years Mr Huxley has run numerous money lending enterprises including Hard Money Loans.
Apart from their financial woes, Mr Huxley and Mr Mehajer have both seen their fathers jailed for fraud.
Peter Huxley committed one of the most sensational frauds as the secretary of the Rural Bank. He was jailed for 20 years in 1970 for defrauding the bank of $5.2 million, an astonishing amount at the time.
Mr Mehajer’s lavish wedding was delayed until his father, property developer Mohamad Mehajer was released from his 3??-year sentence for conspiring to cheat and defraud the National Australia Bank of more than $3 million.
Another email is from Prestige Australian Financial Services, the subject of which is: “One time offer, find out where smart money is investing and why.”
Mr Mehajer is due back on September 4.