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UK: Woman guilty of fake cancer GoFundMe fundraising fraud

A woman who faked a cancer diagnosis to claim more than £45,000 in donations has been convicted of fraud.

Nicole Elkabbas, 42, set up an online fundraising campaign, claiming she needed money to pay for private treatment for ovarian cancer.

But police began an investigation after a doctor, who had recently given her the all-clear, raised suspicions.

Elkabbas, of Broadstairs, Kent, pleaded not guilty and told Canterbury Crown Court she had believed she had cancer.

Judge Mark Weekes said Elkabbas had been convicted on “clear and compelling evidence” and should expect a custodial sentence.

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