Dr Eman Sharobeem has had her assets frozen by the NSW Crime Commission. Photo: Wesley LonerganEman Sharobeem has exited a range of high-profile advisory positions and her job at SBS as a scandal engulfs the former n of the Year finalist whose assets have been frozen in a fraud investigation by the NSW Crime Commission.
Fairfax Media revealed on Sunday that the prominent women’s rights, immigrant and domestic violence campaigner has had her assets frozen via a Supreme Court order, following an investigation involving ICAC and the Crime Commission into her “unexplained wealth”.
A Supreme Court order prevents Ms Sharobeem from disposing of three Sydney houses and her car. She and her sons Richard and Charlie have been ordered to front court to answer questions concerning her assets.
Ms Sharobeem’s lawyer, Mark Smith, of Brander Smith McKnight, said: “We have instructions to vigorously defend the allegations and our client’s reputation as a crusader for the rights of immigrant women.”
Last year, Ms Sharobeem was appointed National Community Engagement Manager at broadcaster SBS. Asked on Monday if Ms Sharobeem enjoyed the broadcaster’s support in the role, a spokeswoman said: “Eman is no longer employed by SBS. SBS has no comment on the investigation.”
It’s understood she resigned in the past week, having been on medical leave since November, and that SBS did not know of the investigation until Fairfax Media’s report on Sunday.
While her CV on the social media employment site LinkedIn says she holds a series of public offices, Ms Sharobeem has resigned from her role an advisory board member at Multicultural NSW.
Her term was not due to expire until September 2017.
Multicultural NSW said in a statement: “Eman Sharobeem resigned as a member of the Multicultural NSW Advisory Board on 14 November 2016 due to other work commitments and health concerns.”
Ms Sharobeem has also quietly exited the multicultural advisory council to the NSW Department of Justice. “Eman Sharobeem is no longer a member of the NSW Government’s Multicultural Advisory Committee,” the Department said in a statement.
Ms Sharobeem has also left her role as ambassador to the NSW Day Council.
“Dr Sharobeem withdrew from the NSW Day Ambassador Program for personal reasons on 12 December 2016,” a spokesman said.
Ms Sharobeem was chief executive of the Immigrant Women’s Health Service in Fairfield for 11 years until 2015.
In June 2016, funding to the not-for-profit organisation from the NSW Health Department was suddenly cut.
A spokesman for South Western Sydney Local Health District said at the time that the governance of the service was under investigation.
Ms Sharobeem came to prominence with an inspiring life story of overcoming the odds: forced into an arranged marriage to her first cousin as a teenager, then widowed at 29 with two young sons, having endured a violent 14-year marriage.
After emigrating from Egypt, she gained tertiary degrees in psychology, management and organisational leadership, rising to become chief executive of the Immigrant Women’s Health Service and earning a list of community honours for her work giving a voice to the underprivileged.