This is the face of a woman who has been charged with pretending to have cancer to fraudulently raise over £45,000 in cash from generous members of the public who donated to fund her “treatment.”
Jewish mother Nicole Elkabbas, from Edge End Road, Broadstairs, Kent, was investigated by detectives who questioned whether she actually had the deadly illness which she claimed to have in an online fundraising campaign.
The 40-year-old was known for her appearances as a stand-up comedienne and promoters claimed that she was due to hit TV screens with a new comedy sketch show for Channel 4.
Promoters wrote of her: “A Londoner that is now proud to be Kent based, has spent most of her working career in the luxury fashion sector, having grown up in both North and East London.”
Elkabbas was charged on 5 April with six counts of fraud between February and August 2018 during which time she was said to have wrongly accepted £45,350 from compassionate donors.
Elkabbas described herself as working in PR for Qatar Holding, a global investment house, having previously worked as an executive manager of jewellery and fashion accessories at Harrods.
She has been granted police bail pending a court appearance on May 2 before Margate magistrates.
A spokesman for Kent Police said: “A Thanet woman has been charged with fraudulently accepting £45,350 in donations for an illness she allegedly did not have.
“Nicole Elkabbas is charged with six counts of fraud following an investigation by detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.
“She is alleged to have falsely claimed to have required treatment for cancer in order to receive donations from members of the public, between February and August 2018.”
Jewish News reported on Elkabbas’ online campaign to raise £52,000 in March of last year, which she claimed were needed to pay for her treatment.