Nicole Elkabbas Wiki
Nicole Elkabbas hosted a fundraiser and claimed to pay for the treatment.
But he was never diagnosed and instead used large sums of cash to finance his lifestyle.
Sentenced to two years and nine months in prison after being convicted of fraud
A mother who pretended to be ovarian cancer to fool over £ 52,000 of generous blessings was sentenced to two years and nine months today.
Nicole Elkabbas, 42, claimed to pay for the treatment and set up a charitable GoFundMe website before transferring the donations to her bank account.
He was never diagnosed, however, and instead used large amounts of cash, including £ 3,592 in a luxury box, to finance his gambling addiction, pay off his growing debts, and watch his ‘expensive lifestyle’ – a single Tottenham Hotspur match. Tearful Elkabbas from Broadstairs, Kent, as he left Canterbury Crown Court pier in Kent for immediate jail time, he wore a black coat, face mask, and polka dot scarf carrying his belongings in a lifetime Asda bag. She had been convicted in the same court trial in November last year.
A jury argued for 11 hours and convicted of a fraud between February and August 2018 regarding the misrepresentation of having ovarian cancer in order to be paid for treatment.
Elkabbas was also found guilty of once possession of criminal property in connection with charitable donations that were later transferred to his bank account.
Judge Mark Weekes said today that Elkabbas was engaged in a long, extensive and sophisticated human deception that he was’ cunning and manipulating ‘, adding:’ During your gambling time, you enjoyed shopping trips and luxuries in Italy and Spain at your expense.
He said, ‘It has a wider impact on society. There are many real cases that desperately need crowdfunding or charitable donations for themselves or their relatives in times of acute suffering. Lawsuits like yours create distrust among benevolent-minded members of the public.
They create a feeling of uneasiness that can make them less willing to give them fear that the truly suffering person like you is taking him on a ride. It encourages skepticism and even cynicism in a field that cannot afford it. ‘
A fundraiser page titled ‘Nicole needs our help’ was created by Elkabbas, and it was portrayed as established by her mother, whom she looked after full time.
She stole the hearts of the public by describing her as ‘a beautiful daughter’ and ‘a loving mother to her beloved 11-year-old son’.
He described the trauma of undergoing three surgeries and six rounds of chemotherapy as ‘the only way to save’, which left Spain desperately needed to pay for a breakthrough drug.
Prosecutor Ben Irwin said the updates were ‘carefully designed to trick people into giving money’, explaining how he reacted to IP chemotherapy and platelet transfusions – he even targeted those seeking good with photos of his young son, whom he claimed wanted to recover.
He said the plan was “sophisticated in nature of the detailed lies told,” and added: “There must have been significant planning and research into cancer and drug therapy.” With 697 GoFundMe donations, a total of £ 31,560 was donated directly, £ 13,500 was recorded as an offline donation by the fundraiser, and some individuals additionally transferred Elkabbas via direct bank transfer.
Judge Mark Weekes said the real figure was at least £ 52,850.
After being defrauded by Elkabbas for thousands of pounds, a series of victim effect statements were read by the prosecutor on behalf of innocent strangers who were now ‘less confident in the people they met and feeling changed’.
Having met Elkabbas at The Albion pub, Adrian Mole donated £ 6,000 to the repaid GoFundMe, but lost £ 5,900 via direct bank transfer.
He said: “As a result of this, I won’t be as likely as fundraising campaigns.”
Michal Booker, who has been in the fundraising business for 25 years and lost his best friend from ovarian cancer eight years ago, paid more than £ 6,000 thanks to his philanthropic trust.
He said: ‘I’m trying not to think about that stage of my life. When I do this, I feel sick from the hollow in my stomach.
First of all, I’m angry with myself for being so naive. I’m sorry that this changed who I am.
I look at anyone who asks for help and I doubt that person. Never again will I be able to help a stranger. ‘
Katie Taylor, now concerned after sharing the fundraising event with the Latte Lounge Facebook community, said: ‘When people come to me personally or now to my Facebook group, I often hurt people by saying no to what I would say yes. Even when I hear his name [Elkabbas], my stomach gets knotted and I feel stressed again. I still feel ashamed and humiliated. ‘
Steve Pompeus, Head of Legal Services for East Kent Hospitals, said Elkabbas, two advisors from the frontline of the pandemic at Queen Mother Queen Elizabeth hospital in Margate, his innocent appeals, in a statement read in today’s sentence.
And while explaining that Elkabbas had an impact on his NHS, he repeatedly visited doctors for tests to try to cover his traces, saying, ‘This has lost us money. That money will never be recovered. ‘
At his trial in November, he had heard on the GoFundMe website the picture of Elkabbas ‘apparently sick and looking terrible in his hospital bed’, in fact he had remained from a previous operation to remove the gallbladder.
The surgery performed at Spencer Private Hospital in Margate, Kent was paid by private health insurance and had nothing to do with cancer, ‘instead it was used to gain sympathy’.
Consultant General George Tsavellas, who said that he had ‘found no malignancy at all’ and that both ovaries ‘looked normal’ after the keyhole surgery in January 2018, was alarmed with his bosses after seeing the fundraising page shared on social media.
Former Harrods and Marks and Spencer employee Elkabbas described himself as a ‘gambling addict’ in 2018 after rejecting more than £ 60,000 in a year, calling his habit ‘excessive, disorderly and extreme’. He traveled to Spain on six separate occasions, including just weeks before his arrest, but described his trips to Alicante, Rome and Barcelona as a ‘tourist trip’, where he visited the famous unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral.
Instead, Elkabbas lied, claiming that he visited a specialist clinic, where the surgery would cost 40,000 euros for a drug treatment cycle of six to 12 months and 13,700 euros per month.
The court heard that Elkabbas had seen her mother die of cancer on December 19 – just one month after a jury found her guilty of fraud and possession of criminal property on November 20.
Fraud investigator Oscar Riba Domingo of Kent and Essex Serious Crimes Directorate said after his sentence: ‘Nicole Elkabbas is a forced liar who harnesses the benevolent spirit of hundreds of people to feed her devastating gambling addiction, attend Premier League football matches. and enjoy other people’s hard earned money.
Cancer is a terrible disease that takes countless lives around the world every day, so it is more than a shame for Elkabbas to lie about his need for treatment.
Her actions have absolutely no excuse and she deserves the prison sentence she will now have to serve. ‘
During his plan, he spoke about his ovarian cancer diagnosis, subsequent surgeries, and strenuous rounds of chemotherapy, which prosecutors call “elaborate lies.”
Kent Broadstairs, 42, appeared on Wednesday at Canterbury Crown Court, where he was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison.
She was found guilty by majority rulings last November of fraud through fraudulent representation and possession of criminal property.
Elkabbas denied the crimes and his defense claimed he believed he was cancer.
His trial heard that the GoFundMe page was collecting more than £ 45,000 in donations from more than 600 people.
Prosecutor Ben Irwin told the court that Elkabbas was a ‘trust cheater’ who claimed to know that it was not real.
A frankly emotional language added by playing with the fears of the public, drawing people’s hearts and then saying it was an opportunity to get rid of it.
At his trial, he described his actions as “completely dishonest”.
She was a plan designed to deceive and deceive, and she knew it. So he lied about major surgery, six cycles of chemotherapy lied, he lied about this amazing drug – the breakthrough drug. ”
Judge Mark Weekes, who punished Elkabbas, said the deception was ‘cunning and manipulative’.
He told him: ‘You have provided details of the treatments you received and occasionally graphical descriptions of the treatments you received to keep believing the people you trapped in your network of lies.
“You’ve been gambling all this time, enjoying shopping trips and luxury in Italy and Spain at your expense.”
Judge Weekes also cited the impact of his lies on NHS staff and the resources used to deal with him.
He acknowledged his previous good character and the effect that putting him in jail would have on others, but said that only immediate detention could be justified.
Elkabbas ‘defense attorney Oliver Kirk said,’ In my view, it is quite clear that these crimes were committed by someone who was in the grip of a gambling addition.
“If the problem of gambling were not for his addiction, he would otherwise live a law-abiding life and his effectively normal good nature would be overwhelmed by the urge to gamble.”
He pointed to the poor conditions in the prisons due to the epidemic and urged the judge to evaluate the effect if he was sent to prison.