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Woman Jailed For 'despicable' Fake Cancer Scam by royalchallenge(m): 6:57am On Apr 16, 2018
An Australian woman who faked having terminal cancer
before scamming money from friends of her family has been jailed for three months. Hanna Dickenson, 24, accepted A$42,000 (£22,000; $31,000) after telling her parents that she needed medical
treatment overseas.

Her parents had received donations from their friends, a
court was told. It heard Dickenson spent much of the money on holidays and socialising.

A judge called the scam "despicable".

Dickenson had pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court to seven charges of obtaining property by deception. In sentencing, magistrate David Starvaggi said Dickenson
had "engaged in conduct that tears at the very heartstrings
of human nature".

"People's desire to assist and social trust has been
breached. These are people who worked hard and dug into
their own pockets," he said.

Blogger case comparison

The court was told one person donated A$10,000 to
Dickenson after being discharged from hospital following
his own cancer treatment. Another person gave money on
four separate occasions.

The ruse was uncovered when another donor raised
suspicions with police after seeing pictures of Dickenson on Facebook. Dickenson's lawyer, Beverley Lindsay, argued that her client should be spared jail because she had "turned her life around".

She also compared the deception to one involving an
Australian celebrity blogger, Belle Gibson, who was fined A
$410,000 last year after falsely claiming to have beaten
brain cancer. Ms Lindsay argued that her client's offending was less severe than Gibson's.

However Mr Starvaggi said the cases were not directly
comparable, and that the court needed to deter others from
engaging in similar conduct.
Ms Lindsay said her client was likely to appeal the

Source: www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-43720875

Re: Woman Jailed For 'despicable' Fake Cancer Scam by OnowuOra(m): 7:13am On Apr 16, 2018

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