Has Salim Mehajer Been Buying Instagram Followers?
After being jailed for rigging a local election, there are now revelations that disgraced businessman Salim Mehajer's online following could be fake.
The former deputy mayor was jailed last week for a maximum of 21 months over electoral fraud in 2012.
There is now evidence that he may also have tampered with his online profile.
The 32-year-old has 184,000 followers on Instagram but it would appear that up to half of his supporters are actually fake accounts from Brazil.
Mehajer has posted numerous photographs alluding to his affluent lifestyle, however the convicted criminal may have some fake numbers with more than 40 per cent of his followers from Latin America - a region well known for selling profiles online.
The Sydney Morning Herald also reports 55 per cent of Mehajer's followers are rated as 'very bad' meaning they are most likely fake accounts, also known as 'bots'.
It's been revealed a large number of bots swarm Mehajer's account where it can be revealed his following number increases in sporadic bursts - a sure sign of paid followers.
This latest revelation follows on from the disgraced businessman rigging a local election which eventually led to him taking on the role of Auburn deputy mayor.
Mehajer will spend at least 11 months behind bars for 77 cases of electoral fraud.
The criminal was recently jailed for a few months after being charged with perverting the course of justice for allegedly staging a car accident of his way to face assault charges.
The controversial businessman has had regular run ins with the law following his extravagant wedding which shut down an entire street.