- Rebecca Khodragha pretended to be a struggling single mom for 18 years to secure welfare payments
- Her husband earns $1 million each year in electrical business
- They own two other Sydney properties, a Lakemba unit, and a Greenacre house
- They had been living in a Punchbowl housing commission in Sydney since 1999
- Authorities want them to pay for all the years they fraudulently lived in a state-owned house
SYDNEY, Australia – Rebecca Khodragha, wife of a successful businessman, has been convicted of fraud after it was proven that she pretended to be a struggling single mother for 18 years in order to live in a public housing commission unit and secure welfare payments, which were supposed to go to those who are in need.
According to an article written by Lucy Mae Beers for Daily Mail Australia, Khodragha married her businessman husband Khaled in an Islamic ceremony in 1991, but they never registered their marriage.
They had been living in a Punchbowl housing commission in Sydney since 1999 and Khodragha had claimed a rental subsidy as a battling single mother on welfare.
As per a 7 News report, Khodragha managed to make everyone believe that she’s someone who needed help from the government and hide the fact that her husband is in fact a successful businessman.
Documents showed that Khaled registered his electrical contracting business to the Punchbowl apartment, and earns $1 million each year.
The couple also own two other properties; a Lakemba unit and a Greenacre house.
All of these show that the couple should’ve been able to pay their own rent, in contrast to those who are truly in need of government support.
The authorities want them to pay for all the years they fraudulently lived in a state-owned house.
Paul Vevers, Housing NSW spokesperson said:”We are seeking all the many thousands of dollars in rent and she will have to pay for her years at the housing commission flat.”
He emphasized that they won’t tolerate this kind of behavior because the couple didn’t only cheat the taxpayers but they had also taken advantage of the people in need.