September 29, 2023
Sophie Bolous

A brother and sister have been sentenced after ripping off an insurance coverage firm whereas they had been dwelling in The Villages.

Sophie Nassif Bolous, 74, pleaded no contest this previous week in Sumter County Court docket to a cost of grand theft. She has been positioned on probation for 2 years and should carry out 70 hours of neighborhood service.

Final month, her brother, 82-year-old Youseff El-Masry, was ordered to make restitution within the quantity of $113,625 to Genworth Insurance coverage. He has been positioned on probation for 30 years.

Youssef El Masry
Youseff El-Masry

The brother and sister, who’re from Egypt, had been each dwelling in Villa Vera Cruz within the Village of Santiago, when El-Masry filed claims with the insurance coverage firm claiming he had employed Bolous to take care of his ailing spouse. Bolous claimed she had offered take care of her sister-in-law on the fee of $25 per hour. She additionally claimed she was not associated to her by both blood or marriage, based on an investigation by the Florida Division of Monetary Providers Division of Investigative and Forensic Providers. Bolous mentioned she was offering care 78 hours per week.

Genworth Insurance coverage on Could 12, 2021 initiated a “care name” with El-Masry who had Bolous with him on speaker cellphone. El-Masry, who emigrated to america in 1968 and spent a few years in Chicago, instructed the insurance coverage firm consultant that Bolous’ “English will not be the perfect,” the report mentioned. The decision was performed on a recorded line. Bolous claimed she was working about 10 hours per day, serving to her sister-in-law get off the bed and go to the toilet. Bolous additionally mentioned she helped bathe her and get her to the dinner desk. An investigator later analyzed the decision and decided that Bolous was “being coached.”

When an investigator went to Bolous’ dwelling, she was confronted with the very fact she had been making $1,800 per week offering take care of her sister-in-law.

El-Masry has been within the headlines due his fierce battle final 12 months with the Group Growth District 2 Board of Supervisors in a bid to save lots of a bootleg addition he made to his dwelling with out the approval of the Architectural Assessment Committee. He claimed he made the addition to deal with his ailing spouse.

El-Masry additionally owned a villa at 2166 Estevez Drive that was the topic of a deed compliance case in 2020.

El-Masry nonetheless owns the villas, however he indicated in a letter despatched to the court docket that he’s now dwelling in Fruitland Park.