The Villages brothers and sisters accused of claiming $22,000 from insurance company

Sophie Bolas

The Villages brothers and sisters have been accused of claiming $22,000 from their insurance company.

Sophie Nassif Boros, 74, of Villa Vera Cruz in the village of Santiago, has been charged with fraud. She was arrested on a warrant last week and held at the Sumter County Detention Center. She was released on her $2,000 bail.

Her brother Youseff El-Masry, 81, also lives in Villa Vera Cruz. Earlier this year, he was arrested on fraud charges.

The Egyptian brothers and sisters were indicted following an investigation by the Florida Department of Financial Services and the Division of Forensic Services.

El-Masry raised $22,050 from Genworth Insurance to care for his wife, Earline Peyton.

Bolas filed papers claiming he cared for Peyton for $25 an hour. She also claimed she was not related or married to Peyton, according to the investigation.

Youssef El Masry
Youssef El Masry

Genworth Insurance launched a “care call” on May 12, 2021 with El-Masry, who had Bolous on speakerphone. His El-Masry, who immigrated to the United States in 1968 and spent many years in Chicago, told insurance company representatives that Blous’ “English isn’t the best,” the report said. The call was made on a recorded line. Bolas claimed he was working about 10 hours a day, helping Peyton get out of bed and to the bathroom. She also said she bathed Peyton and helped bring her to her dinner table.Investigators later analyzed the phone calls and determined that Bolas was “under guidance.” did.

When investigators visited Bolas’ home in August of this year, they were confronted with the fact that she was making $1,800 a week caring for Peyton. Bolas said, “That doesn’t make sense.” She said she never received a dime for her care, and she claimed she was a “volunteer.” During her interview, she also admitted that El Masry is her own brother.

El-Masry has been in the spotlight since earlier this year it had a heated battle with the Community Development District 2 Oversight Board. to save illegal additions he made to his home without the approval of the building review board. He claimed that the addition was to house his ailing wife.

El-Masry also owns a villa next door that had a non-approved Florida room. The villa next door was the subject of a lawsuit in 2020 over allegations that El Masry was an unsympathetic landlord.

El-Masry filed a lawsuit, alleging that the tenant owed him $3,400 in rent and utilities for 2166 Estevez Drive. This number represents what he believed he was due in May, June and July 2020.

The mother of a male tenant of the home wrote to the court in September 2020 claiming that El-Masry refused to accept the money. In her letter, her mother claimed that at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, El-Masry turned off the water in the villa and ordered his son and his wife to use buckets and hoses. did. She also worked for her mentally handicapped son to “clean up his messy house” for El Masry, but was paid “a dime,” according to a letter filed in Sumter County Court. She also claimed that El-Masry sabotaged the air conditioning unit in the rented villa. The 2166 Estevez Drive home was the subject of a deed compliance case later that year. At the time, neighbors complained that El Masry allowed the building to deteriorate while living next door.

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