Hove court jails fraudsters for claiming £70k

JAILED: Evelyn Girgis

JAILED: Evelyn Girgis

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A fraudster and her husband were caught falsely claiming nearly £70,000 in benefits over ten years after council officials read about her previous crimes in The Argus.

Evelyn Girgis and her husband Dr Maher Habib made 32 false claims for council tax, housing benefit and jobseekers’ allowance between them from 2001, despite having multiple saving accounts and owning two properties.

Brighton and Hove City Council officials only began investigating the couple’s claims after reading about Mrs Girgis’ conviction for fraud against her employers Lloyds TSB in 2010 in The Argus.

Sentencing them yesterday (January 8) in Hove Crown Court, Judge Richard Hayward said the pair had “milked the system” and were motivated purely by greed.

Despite making claims that they didn’t have an income, the court heard how the pair had at one point up to twelve bank accounts between them containing savings of up to £48,000.

Home owners

The couple failed to declare that they owned their own home in Old Shoreham Road, Portslade, that Mrs Girgis jointly owned a property with her sister in St Aubyn’s Road in Fishersgate or that Dr Habib was working as a self-employed interpreter.

The property in Portslade has since suffered extensive damage from a fire and it is thought unlikely that Brighton and Hove City Council can recover any value from the property.

The pair also claimed an additional discretionary housing benefit in November 2003 complaining that the laminate flooring in their home and dust mites were causing problems for their two asthmatic sons.

Debt repayment

The couple were using the false benefit claims to meet mortgage payments on their home and to pay off credit card and loan debts totalling £35,000 that they had run up.

Mrs Girgis was given a 12-month suspended sentence in June 2010 at Lewes Crown Court after paying cheques worth £8,300 into her own account that were meant to go to her employer Lloyds TSB in Hove.

The pair both pleaded guilty to 19 charges of false claims for up to £58,000 while Mrs Girgis had five counts for council and housing benefit worth more than £9,000 and nine counts of falsely claiming job seekers allowance totalling more than £2,400.

The pair pleaded guilty to the charges in November and were sentenced yesterday at Hove Crown Court with Mrs Girgis receiving two years and Dr Habib 20 months.

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2:58pm Wed 9 Jan 13

bug eye says...

wow you can extra benefits if you have dust mites as found in every home and laminate flooring also very popular. If ever there was a case for simplifying and capping benefits in order to help secure future benefits for the genuinely needy this is it.
wow you can extra benefits if you have dust mites as found in every home and laminate flooring also very popular. If ever there was a case for simplifying and capping benefits in order to help secure future benefits for the genuinely needy this is it. bug eye
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4:04pm Wed 9 Jan 13

lordenglandofsussex says...

Strip their assets to get back the money and jail them real-time and not the let off suspended nonsense.
Strip their assets to get back the money and jail them real-time and not the let off suspended nonsense. lordenglandofsussex
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8:27pm Wed 9 Jan 13

hubby says...

Girgis and Habib.
Good old Brightonian names.
Girgis and Habib. Good old Brightonian names. hubby
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10:54pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

.....and I wonder if they had been renting out their properties.
Let's hope the council is now checking the names of landlords on its new landlord licensing scheme register with the names of people claiming benefits.
A trawl of the student rented homes in Moulsecoomb would be a good place to start.
.....and I wonder if they had been renting out their properties. Let's hope the council is now checking the names of landlords on its new landlord licensing scheme register with the names of people claiming benefits. A trawl of the student rented homes in Moulsecoomb would be a good place to start. Maxwell's Ghost
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11:14pm Wed 9 Jan 13

sussexguy says...

Dr Habib? Doctor of what, I wonder. I hope he is not an employee of the NHS. If so, surely he should be struck off. And surely Mrs Girgis is actually Mrs Habib, if he is her husband. Or is that also a fraudulently claim?
Dr Habib? Doctor of what, I wonder. I hope he is not an employee of the NHS. If so, surely he should be struck off. And surely Mrs Girgis is actually Mrs Habib, if he is her husband. Or is that also a fraudulently claim? sussexguy
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10:13am Thu 10 Jan 13

WhoAreU says...

Who are we to pass judgement? The two couples made a mistake and they were exposed. What about your sins? Are you righteous? Have you ever in your life time broken the 10 commandments? If you haven't then you are a saint who should pray for these couples. Our Lord is a forgiving God, he came to us in the flesh to forgive our sins not to condemn. Just remember the thief that was crucified beside him. He was the first sinner to enter into paradise as promised by Jesus Christ. When Jesus forgives he forgets. So please hold your tongues and try to remove the beam in your eye first. If you find pleasure in mocking people don't forget, what goes round MUST come round. The couples are paying for their mistake, pray that God will spare you when you meet HIM face to face on judgement day for life is too short. It is like a mist, it appears for a while then disappears.
Who are we to pass judgement? The two couples made a mistake and they were exposed. What about your sins? Are you righteous? Have you ever in your life time broken the 10 commandments? If you haven't then you are a saint who should pray for these couples. Our Lord is a forgiving God, he came to us in the flesh to forgive our sins not to condemn. Just remember the thief that was crucified beside him. He was the first sinner to enter into paradise as promised by Jesus Christ. When Jesus forgives he forgets. So please hold your tongues and try to remove the beam in your eye first. If you find pleasure in mocking people don't forget, what goes round MUST come round. The couples are paying for their mistake, pray that God will spare you when you meet HIM face to face on judgement day for life is too short. It is like a mist, it appears for a while then disappears. WhoAreU
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10:47am Thu 10 Jan 13

Joshiman says...

More proof needed Mr.Milliband?
More proof needed Mr.Milliband? Joshiman
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11:18am Thu 10 Jan 13

Smile2013 says...

I do not know these people but people like them are always abusing the system which is intended to assist those that truly need it, there are many more.

I agree with 'who are u', we should not pass judgement fully, its a shame that her image is uploaded yet a paedophiles image is not always known to the public as their kids ID needs to be protected if they have any. Naming to shame is one thing but uploading an image in such cases can lead to their kids suffering more than anyone! Who's pictures do we need to see? Fraudsters or dangerous people?
I do not know these people but people like them are always abusing the system which is intended to assist those that truly need it, there are many more. I agree with 'who are u', we should not pass judgement fully, its a shame that her image is uploaded yet a paedophiles image is not always known to the public as their kids ID needs to be protected if they have any. Naming to shame is one thing but uploading an image in such cases can lead to their kids suffering more than anyone! Who's pictures do we need to see? Fraudsters or dangerous people? Smile2013
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11:49am Thu 10 Jan 13

WhoAreU says...

Smile2013 wrote:
I do not know these people but people like them are always abusing the system which is intended to assist those that truly need it, there are many more.

I agree with 'who are u', we should not pass judgement fully, its a shame that her image is uploaded yet a paedophiles image is not always known to the public as their kids ID needs to be protected if they have any. Naming to shame is one thing but uploading an image in such cases can lead to their kids suffering more than anyone! Who's pictures do we need to see? Fraudsters or dangerous people?
Well spoken Smile2013, we are all sinners and we are only forgiven when we repent and confess. The couple have confessed and they have learnt their lesson and they are paying the price.

We wish that we can learn from this lesson. As you said it is totally unnecessary to publish her photo. She is not a WANTED terrorist, murderer or a child molester, she is already serving time, as if that is not enough. We are living in a cruel society
[quote][p][bold]Smile2013[/bold] wrote: I do not know these people but people like them are always abusing the system which is intended to assist those that truly need it, there are many more. I agree with 'who are u', we should not pass judgement fully, its a shame that her image is uploaded yet a paedophiles image is not always known to the public as their kids ID needs to be protected if they have any. Naming to shame is one thing but uploading an image in such cases can lead to their kids suffering more than anyone! Who's pictures do we need to see? Fraudsters or dangerous people?[/p][/quote]Well spoken Smile2013, we are all sinners and we are only forgiven when we repent and confess. The couple have confessed and they have learnt their lesson and they are paying the price. We wish that we can learn from this lesson. As you said it is totally unnecessary to publish her photo. She is not a WANTED terrorist, murderer or a child molester, she is already serving time, as if that is not enough. We are living in a cruel society WhoAreU
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2:53pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Larry the Lamb says...

Not stiff enough sentence in my book. Also if there was a fire at the Portslade house and no value of goods to recover then sell the house and take the money back out of that. Judging by their track record I hope the the fire is nothing to do with an insurance claim.
Not stiff enough sentence in my book. Also if there was a fire at the Portslade house and no value of goods to recover then sell the house and take the money back out of that. Judging by their track record I hope the the fire is nothing to do with an insurance claim. Larry the Lamb
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4:23pm Thu 10 Jan 13

martyt says...

WhoAreU wrote:
Smile2013 wrote:
I do not know these people but people like them are always abusing the system which is intended to assist those that truly need it, there are many more.

I agree with 'who are u', we should not pass judgement fully, its a shame that her image is uploaded yet a paedophiles image is not always known to the public as their kids ID needs to be protected if they have any. Naming to shame is one thing but uploading an image in such cases can lead to their kids suffering more than anyone! Who's pictures do we need to see? Fraudsters or dangerous people?
Well spoken Smile2013, we are all sinners and we are only forgiven when we repent and confess. The couple have confessed and they have learnt their lesson and they are paying the price.

We wish that we can learn from this lesson. As you said it is totally unnecessary to publish her photo. She is not a WANTED terrorist, murderer or a child molester, she is already serving time, as if that is not enough. We are living in a cruel society
how do you know she is not any of the above ,they made a mistake my arse they fiddled and robbed the system and were only caught by there greed as she was found to be robbing her employer ,and before you start on any more of your bible bashing ,it might be an idea to hit your self around the head with it and try and knock some sense in to your self,do you know these people close family or friends ??????????? 2 years and a year ,the two years drop to a year i think most of us would do 12 months for 58k in ford open house
[quote][p][bold]WhoAreU[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Smile2013[/bold] wrote: I do not know these people but people like them are always abusing the system which is intended to assist those that truly need it, there are many more. I agree with 'who are u', we should not pass judgement fully, its a shame that her image is uploaded yet a paedophiles image is not always known to the public as their kids ID needs to be protected if they have any. Naming to shame is one thing but uploading an image in such cases can lead to their kids suffering more than anyone! Who's pictures do we need to see? Fraudsters or dangerous people?[/p][/quote]Well spoken Smile2013, we are all sinners and we are only forgiven when we repent and confess. The couple have confessed and they have learnt their lesson and they are paying the price. We wish that we can learn from this lesson. As you said it is totally unnecessary to publish her photo. She is not a WANTED terrorist, murderer or a child molester, she is already serving time, as if that is not enough. We are living in a cruel society[/p][/quote]how do you know she is not any of the above ,they made a mistake my arse they fiddled and robbed the system and were only caught by there greed as she was found to be robbing her employer ,and before you start on any more of your bible bashing ,it might be an idea to hit your self around the head with it and try and knock some sense in to your self,do you know these people close family or friends ??????????? 2 years and a year ,the two years drop to a year i think most of us would do 12 months for 58k in ford open house martyt
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7:33pm Thu 10 Jan 13

imnotpc says...

hubby wrote:
Girgis and Habib.
Good old Brightonian names.
hahahaha exactly what i thought...we are such mugs in this country
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: Girgis and Habib. Good old Brightonian names.[/p][/quote]hahahaha exactly what i thought...we are such mugs in this country imnotpc
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7:38pm Thu 10 Jan 13

imnotpc says...

martyt wrote:
WhoAreU wrote:
Smile2013 wrote:
I do not know these people but people like them are always abusing the system which is intended to assist those that truly need it, there are many more.

I agree with 'who are u', we should not pass judgement fully, its a shame that her image is uploaded yet a paedophiles image is not always known to the public as their kids ID needs to be protected if they have any. Naming to shame is one thing but uploading an image in such cases can lead to their kids suffering more than anyone! Who's pictures do we need to see? Fraudsters or dangerous people?
Well spoken Smile2013, we are all sinners and we are only forgiven when we repent and confess. The couple have confessed and they have learnt their lesson and they are paying the price.

We wish that we can learn from this lesson. As you said it is totally unnecessary to publish her photo. She is not a WANTED terrorist, murderer or a child molester, she is already serving time, as if that is not enough. We are living in a cruel society
how do you know she is not any of the above ,they made a mistake my arse they fiddled and robbed the system and were only caught by there greed as she was found to be robbing her employer ,and before you start on any more of your bible bashing ,it might be an idea to hit your self around the head with it and try and knock some sense in to your self,do you know these people close family or friends ??????????? 2 years and a year ,the two years drop to a year i think most of us would do 12 months for 58k in ford open house
very well said and everyone agrees with you
[quote][p][bold]martyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WhoAreU[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Smile2013[/bold] wrote: I do not know these people but people like them are always abusing the system which is intended to assist those that truly need it, there are many more. I agree with 'who are u', we should not pass judgement fully, its a shame that her image is uploaded yet a paedophiles image is not always known to the public as their kids ID needs to be protected if they have any. Naming to shame is one thing but uploading an image in such cases can lead to their kids suffering more than anyone! Who's pictures do we need to see? Fraudsters or dangerous people?[/p][/quote]Well spoken Smile2013, we are all sinners and we are only forgiven when we repent and confess. The couple have confessed and they have learnt their lesson and they are paying the price. We wish that we can learn from this lesson. As you said it is totally unnecessary to publish her photo. She is not a WANTED terrorist, murderer or a child molester, she is already serving time, as if that is not enough. We are living in a cruel society[/p][/quote]how do you know she is not any of the above ,they made a mistake my arse they fiddled and robbed the system and were only caught by there greed as she was found to be robbing her employer ,and before you start on any more of your bible bashing ,it might be an idea to hit your self around the head with it and try and knock some sense in to your self,do you know these people close family or friends ??????????? 2 years and a year ,the two years drop to a year i think most of us would do 12 months for 58k in ford open house[/p][/quote]very well said and everyone agrees with you imnotpc
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7:50pm Thu 10 Jan 13

WhoAreU says...

martyt wrote:
WhoAreU wrote:
Smile2013 wrote:
I do not know these people but people like them are always abusing the system which is intended to assist those that truly need it, there are many more.

I agree with 'who are u', we should not pass judgement fully, its a shame that her image is uploaded yet a paedophiles image is not always known to the public as their kids ID needs to be protected if they have any. Naming to shame is one thing but uploading an image in such cases can lead to their kids suffering more than anyone! Who's pictures do we need to see? Fraudsters or dangerous people?
Well spoken Smile2013, we are all sinners and we are only forgiven when we repent and confess. The couple have confessed and they have learnt their lesson and they are paying the price.

We wish that we can learn from this lesson. As you said it is totally unnecessary to publish her photo. She is not a WANTED terrorist, murderer or a child molester, she is already serving time, as if that is not enough. We are living in a cruel society
how do you know she is not any of the above ,they made a mistake my arse they fiddled and robbed the system and were only caught by there greed as she was found to be robbing her employer ,and before you start on any more of your bible bashing ,it might be an idea to hit your self around the head with it and try and knock some sense in to your self,do you know these people close family or friends ??????????? 2 years and a year ,the two years drop to a year i think most of us would do 12 months for 58k in ford open house
Leave the Bible alone do not blaspheme. In your eyes this is an uncharted territory but to many its a life line . Be careful how you address the word of God. I have been bashing my head with the Holy Bible since I was a young man, that's how I got some sense in my head as opposed to you. If you want to be wise read a verse or two every day, it might enlighten your knowledge to enable you to talk sense. Last but not least, why are we called RIP OFF BRITAIN? Go and watch Cowboy Builders who are ripping off vulnerable pensioners, they are let off lightly. See how many companies in the UK and in the Channel Islands are scamming people. Billions of pounds have been wasted by bankers through huge bonuses, that's why we are in deep recession. Most of the British population is living on benefit of some kind and now we are using the above couple as scapegoats in order to justify the dirt under our carpets.
[quote][p][bold]martyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WhoAreU[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Smile2013[/bold] wrote: I do not know these people but people like them are always abusing the system which is intended to assist those that truly need it, there are many more. I agree with 'who are u', we should not pass judgement fully, its a shame that her image is uploaded yet a paedophiles image is not always known to the public as their kids ID needs to be protected if they have any. Naming to shame is one thing but uploading an image in such cases can lead to their kids suffering more than anyone! Who's pictures do we need to see? Fraudsters or dangerous people?[/p][/quote]Well spoken Smile2013, we are all sinners and we are only forgiven when we repent and confess. The couple have confessed and they have learnt their lesson and they are paying the price. We wish that we can learn from this lesson. As you said it is totally unnecessary to publish her photo. She is not a WANTED terrorist, murderer or a child molester, she is already serving time, as if that is not enough. We are living in a cruel society[/p][/quote]how do you know she is not any of the above ,they made a mistake my arse they fiddled and robbed the system and were only caught by there greed as she was found to be robbing her employer ,and before you start on any more of your bible bashing ,it might be an idea to hit your self around the head with it and try and knock some sense in to your self,do you know these people close family or friends ??????????? 2 years and a year ,the two years drop to a year i think most of us would do 12 months for 58k in ford open house[/p][/quote]Leave the Bible alone do not blaspheme. In your eyes this is an uncharted territory but to many its a life line . Be careful how you address the word of God. I have been bashing my head with the Holy Bible since I was a young man, that's how I got some sense in my head as opposed to you. If you want to be wise read a verse or two every day, it might enlighten your knowledge to enable you to talk sense. Last but not least, why are we called RIP OFF BRITAIN? Go and watch Cowboy Builders who are ripping off vulnerable pensioners, they are let off lightly. See how many companies in the UK and in the Channel Islands are scamming people. Billions of pounds have been wasted by bankers through huge bonuses, that's why we are in deep recession. Most of the British population is living on benefit of some kind and now we are using the above couple as scapegoats in order to justify the dirt under our carpets. WhoAreU
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8:00pm Thu 10 Jan 13

WhoAreU says...

Corinthians 2:14

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
Corinthians 2:14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. WhoAreU
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12:15am Fri 11 Jan 13

sedwardsESQ says...

He who casts the first stone!
He who casts the first stone! sedwardsESQ
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