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ICAC recommends Eman Sharobeem be prosecuted for corrupt conduct

Eman Sharobeem departs the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in Sydney on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Source: AAP

The Independent Commission Against Corruption has handed down its recommendations regarding the case of former Australian of the Year state finalist Eman Sharobeem.

The NSW corruption watchdog has recommended former Australian of the Year state finalist Eman Sharobeem be prosecuted for misconduct in public office for rorting almost $800,000 from charities.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption on Wednesday made 24 serious corrupt conduct findings against Ms Sharobeem following a lengthy inquiry held last year.

"The commission finds that between 2007 and early 2016 Ms Sharobeem improperly exercised her official functions while service manager or chief executive of the Immigrant Women's Health Service and the person in day-to-day charge of the Non-English Speaking Housing Women's Scheme," the commission said in a statement.

ICAC found Ms Sharobeem transferred more than $440,000 of IWHS funds to her own bank account and used IWHS funds for various other personal purchases and expenses including $30,000 in payments to Sydney Water and the State Debt Recovery Office and $18,000 towards the purchase of a Mercedes for her husband.

She also spent $13,500 on jewellery.

Ms Sharobeem further arranged for the IWHS to pay $60,000 for work on her Fairfield property; submitted $140,000 in invoices that falsely claimed she and her sons worked as facilitators; and transferred $3000 from the NESH bank account to her own to reimburse herself for payments she made for her son's liposuction.

"I want to die, I've been framed, I want to die," Ms Sharobeem said at the beginning of the inquiry when claiming her colleagues had set her up.

At another time she said: "I wouldn't take the organisation's money and pay for a Mercedes. I'm not stupid."

Eman Sharobeem departs after giving evidence at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in Sydney, Friday, May 12, 2017.
Eman Sharobeem departs after giving evidence at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in Sydney.
AAP

On the final day of the hearings, she insisted: "My work is known, my work is shown. You cannot take this away from me until the grave."

The ICAC on Wednesday said "consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of Ms Sharobeem for various offences" including misconduct in public office, fraud, obtaining benefit by deception, publishing a false statement, using a false document and giving false or misleading evidence.

The commission also made 12 corruption prevention recommendations to the two NSW government agencies that substantially funded the IWHS and the NESH.

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