A court heard that a mother faked cancer to reap 45,000 pounds from well-wishers, then spent overseas vacations and trips to football matches in the Premier League.
Nicole Al Kabbas is accused of using the alleged illicit winnings on overseas flights and tickets to Tottenham Hotspur, as well as restaurants and “heavy gambling”.
Elkabbass, 42, allegedly created a GoFundMe page disguised as a victim of ovarian cancer, allegedly complete with an infected cat in a hospital bed.
Prosecutor Ben Irwin today described how the “Nicole Needs Our Help” page described the staple mother as a “beautiful daughter” and a “loving mother” who was “recently diagnosed.”
He came with a picture depicting the pegs as being weak, lying on her back in a hospital bed under a blanket, eyes closed, mouth open.
The court heard that the photo was actually taken after she had an operation to remove her gallbladder.
Irwin told the court that the ruse was a ploy to support her lavish lifestyle, including paying £ 3,592 on Tottenham tickets and “gambling heavily online”.
He told the jury at Canterbury Crown Court, “Well, the jury members, simply put, these were lies.
She didn’t use that money to treat cancer. The money she received was actually for a variety of things – a lot went into gambling, a lot went into travel, and a lot went on tickets to Tottenham Hotspur.
“There she appears to be in distress and in her hospital bed, she looks very bad, ladies and gentlemen on the jury.
Well, another lie, because that image came from a completely different procedure when Miss Kabs had surgery to remove her gallbladder.
Presenting evidence, Elkabbass’s former friend, consultant gynecologist Nicholas Humphrey Morris, denied her claims that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
In fact, the doctor told the jury that it was al-Kabbas who informed him that she was sick, and upon hearing that she had created a crowdfunding page, she suspected a dirty game.
He explained that he recognized the hospital in the photo, through the distinctive bedside wallpaper, such as Spencer Hospital in Margate, Kent, where I was treated from a separate operation two years ago.
“She was not sick before and did not see me in any hospitals or clinics where I work,” added Mr. Morris.
Prosecutors alleged that Al-Kabbas arranged the photo and claimed that all donations – 39 in total – would pass through the Ramsgate synagogue.
But the court heard Rabbi Clifford Cohen, who is expected to testify later in the trial, claim he had never heard of it.
The defendant, represented by Oliver Kirk, is expected to argue that she sincerely believes she suffers from the disease. Her case has yet to be heard, but she denies the charges against her.
Al Kabbas, from Broadstairs, Kent, faces two fraud charges related to the money she received
Wearing a black and white striped blouse and hair in a ponytail, she boycotted the proceedings four times, prompting Judge Mark Wikeez to make sharp responses.
He told the defendant, “It will be your turn, Miss Al Kabbas.”
Al-Kabbas denies charges of fraud and possession of criminal property, which are charitable donations.
The trial continues.