The ICAC report found Eman Sharobeem diverted public money intended to help women and children and spent it on herself and her family. Picture: AAP
The ICAC report found Eman Sharobeem diverted public money intended to help women and children and spent it on herself and her family. Picture: AAP

Lavish life funded by corruption

FORMER Australian of the Year finalist Eman Sharobeem has been found to have acted corruptly in spending almost $800,000 of public money on her own lavish lifestyle.

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) yesterday recommended the Director of Public Prosecutions consider charging the mother of two over the conduct.

Eman Sharobeem (front) arriving at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption in July. Picture: AAP
Eman Sharobeem (front) arriving at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption in July. Picture: AAP

ICAC found the flamboyant boss of the Fairfield-based Immigrant Women's Health Service acted corrup­tly when she bought for herself and family members cars, ­motorbikes, $13,000 worth of jewellery as well as Botox and liposuction.

ICAC also found Ms Sharobeem, 54, to have engaged in serious corrupt conduct by falsely claiming to be a qualified psychologist and treating clients.

ICAC's Operation Tarlo found Ms Sharobeem transferred $443,000 from her ­organisation into her own bank account between 2007 and 2016.

She also used the health service's funds for personal purchases and expenses, including $31,167.87 in payments to Sydney Water Corporation and the State Debt Recovery Office, $18,000 towards a Mercedes car for her husband and $13,500 for personal jewellery.

And she arranged for the service to pay $59,558.70 to ­extend her home at Fairfield and fix the gutters, submitting $141,485 in invoices to her ­organisation that falsely claimed she and her sons Richard and Charlie worked there as facilitators.

 

"She was the head of an agency predominantly funded by public monies to provide important services to women and children in need, whose funds she deprived in large amounts motivated by greed to benefit herself and her family," ICAC said in its report.

Ms Sharobeem yesterday refused to comment on the findings.

"She doesn't want to talk about it and says she would ­appreciate it if you stop ­rehashing the same old story," her son Richard told The Daily Telegraph.



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