EGYPT: A 57-year-old woman beggar owns five buildings and nearly three million Egyptian pounds ($191,164) in bank accounts was arrested by police.
According to media reports, the woman deceived the local public with a fake leg amputation. She used a wheelchair while begging in several provinces of the country.
During the initial investigation, the woman disclosed that she had been seen begging to claim physical paralysis while sitting in the wheelchair. However, few eyewitnesses claimed that the woman was later seen walking on foot after finishing her rounds.
The Egyptian police also found that the offender does not suffer from any physical or mental illness. The woman owns five residential buildings in the governorates of Gharbia and Qaliubia. She has got nearly three million Egyptian pounds in two banks.
It’s not only Egypt where some beggars have become rich. Pakistan also has a few beggars that have accumulated some wealth. Portraying to be extremely poor or sick, some professional beggars exploit the right of the deserving who do not want to openly pick the begging bowl.
Earlier in October, police found money worth Rs 85,000 in a rich beggar’s bag in the Quetta area of Pakistan. He lost consciousness after a vehicle hit him. The incident was revealed after a post went viral on social media showing a rich beggar in Quetta who got seriously injured in a road accident.
It is evident that stories we heard growing up about these beggars on the streets being richer than any mediocre citizen were true.