A 42-year-old British woman was detained for “counterfeiting” ovarian cancer to raise $ 71,754.54 in donations. The money was given by generous well-wishers who believed that she was actually sick when in reality she wanted to use the money on her lavish lifestyle.
The woman was jailed for two years and nine months, the DailyMail reported. The woman was identified as Elkabbas and had told donors that she needed funds to knock for her cancer treatment and set up a GoFundMe charitable website before transferring donations to her own bank account.
She was never diagnosed with cancer, however, and instead used the money to fund her gambling addiction, pay off her mounting debts, and spend it on her “expensive lifestyle.” This included a £ 3,592 luxury box to watch a single Tottenham Hotspur match.
Elkabbas used a compelling GoFundMe page to convince kindhearted people who believed her story when she shared her picture of lying on a hospital bed.
She was recently photographed outside Canterbury Crown Court in Kent after she was taken away for immediate detention. Elkabbas was convicted in a trial in the same court last November.
The court found her guilty of fraud in which she falsely claimed she had ovarian cancer in order to receive money for treatment between February and August 2018. She was also found guilty of possession of criminal property related to donations that were subsequently transferred to her bank account.
“While you were playing and enjoying shopping trips and luxury in Italy and Spain at your own expense,” the judge said when he described her as cunning and manipulative.
“It has a greater impact on the community. There are many real cases of people who, in times of acute anxiety, urgently need crowdfunding or donations for themselves or their relatives,” the judge was quoted as saying.