A ‘millionaire’ Muslim woman who rorted the public housing system for nearly two decades by posing as a battling single mother has finally been evicted from her taxpayer-funded flat.
Rebecca Khodragha lived in the Punchbowl apartment in south-west Sydney for 18 years, failing to tell authorities her husband owned a lucrative business which reportedly collected a million dollars a year.
Ms Khodragha was found guilty of two counts of fraud in November last year and was sentenced to three months jail, which she served as home detention at the Punchbowl unit.
She unsuccessfully appealed her sentence in February and the Department of Family and Community Services said it would immediately commence proceedings to evict the convicted thief.
On Monday, Ms Khodragha finally spent her first night without government-owned housing.
‘She is no longer a public housing tenant and she will never, ever be allowed back into public housing,’ Family and Community Services’ Paul Vevers told Seven News.
A man at the Punchbowl unit was seen loading Ms Khodragha’s belongings on to a rental truck on Monday.
He raised his arms and refused to comment when asked if the fraudster would pay back the money she ripped off Australian taxpayers.
Ms Khodragha married husband Khaled in an Islamic ceremony in 1991, but their wedding was unregistered.
Documents revealed Khaled’s electrical contracting business, which raked in $1million each year, was registered to the Punchbowl apartment, according to Seven.
The couple also reportedly had two other properties – a Lakemba unit and a Greenacre house – at the time.
‘She’s not just cheating the taxpayer, she’s cheating people in need,’ Mr Vevers told the broadcaster in February.
After a tip off from the public, Ms Khodragha was prosecuted and ordered to pay back more than $80,000 in rent.
According to Housing NSW, around 60,000 people are on the waiting list for public housing.