Woman charged with fraud for falsely claiming to have cancer and accepting R838 000 in donations

2019-04-09 14:46
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A UK woman has been charged with fraud after she pretended to have cancer in order to raise over £45,350 (more than R838 000) from members of the public to fund her ‘treatment’.

Nicole Elkabbas (40) was charged with six counts of fraud following an investigation by detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

Nicole allegedly started an online fundraising campaign to fund treatment for cancer – that she never had, Metro reports

Strangers donated money to her through the GoFundMe page, which has since been deleted, between February and August last year.

“A Thanet [a district of Kent] woman has been charged with fraudulently accepting £45,350 in donations for an illness she allegedly did not have,” a spokesman for Kent Police said. “She’s alleged to have falsely claimed to have required treatment for cancer in order to receive donations from members of the public.”

Nicole, from Broadstairs in Kent, England, was known for her appearances on TV as a comedian, The Sun reports.

She was arrested on 5 April and let out on bail. She’s scheduled to appear in court on 2 May.

Sources: Metro, Kent Online, The Sun

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