Health Care

Party girl who faked cancer jailed for 'despicable' scam

Party girl who faked cancer jailed for 'despicable' scam”

Hanna Dickenson had raised NZ$43,976 since she was 19 by convincing friends and family she had a rare cancer called soft tissue sarcoma.

An Australian woman has been jailed for three months after she scammed thousands of pounds by pretending to have cancer.

She has now pleaded guilty to seven counts of obtaining property by deception.

Court documents reveal Dickenson lied to doctors about having partaken in clinical trials for cancer treatment and having received care at the prestigious Peter McCallum Institute in Melbourne, and the Epworth Hospital as well.

Swan Hill couple Nathan and Rachel Cue took money out of their own mortgage to pay for Hanna's "treatment".

The 24-year-old who is a real estate agent was punished to three months in jail and given a 12-month Community Corrections Order under which she will require to do 150 hours of community work and also undergo treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues.

Ms Lindsay indicated she will appeal the severity of her client's sentence.

More news: Louisiana's John Kennedy to Zuckerberg: 'Your User Agreement Sucks'

"There's been a request for financial assistance in circumstances where it had been purported that Ms Dickenson had very few options left", Mr Starvaggi said.

"People's desire to assist and social trust has been breached".

Ms Gibson was fined more than $400,000 by the Federal Court for profiting off false claims she had brain cancer which had been cured by alternative therapies and nutrition.

The presiding magistrate David Starvaggi said Dickenson's conduct "tears at the very strings of human nature" and described it as "despicable".

Dickenson's scam fell apart when one of her victims researched her Facebook profile and saw endless posts about partying and overseas holidays, and went to police.

After managing to convince her parents she was terminally ill, they rallied together to raise money for her, 7 News reports.

"She hasn't engaged in this behaviour for three years, she's been a model worker ... she's turned her life around, she's proven that". The court also added that Dickenson would lose her job as a property manager for Little Real Estate in Melbourne.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


11 April 2018
Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) 1Q18 earnings sneak peek
The institutional investors in our partner's database now own: 232.28 million shares, down from 234.48 million shares in 2017Q3. The stock of SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE:CF) on Thursday, June 2 to "Neutral" rating. ( NASDAQ :AAPL) rating on Wednesday, October 26.

11 April 2018
Easy re-election seen for Azerbaijani president in snap vote
He expressed satisfaction that the observers of the CIS will also monitor the presidential election in Azerbaijan on Wednesday. There has been a steep drop in the value of the national currency, the manat, against the USA dollar.

11 April 2018
Exelixis, Inc. (EXEL) Trading at $20.93 after Move Up on April , 10
The insider PAPADOPOULOS STELIOS sold $360,750. 15,000 shs were sold by POSTE GEORGE, worth $393,900 on Wednesday, February 28. It is positive, as 58 investors sold DIS shares while 690 reduced holdings. 63 funds opened positions while 131 raised stakes.

11 April 2018
Steven Gerrard amazed by Salah's bold chip goal against City
Now they join Roma in the last four of the competition and will wait on the winners of two more ties tonight before thinking about their next challenge.

11 April 2018
Southern California family headed to San Jose goes missing
Family members said the Thottapillys were traveling in a maroon 2016 Honda Pilot with California license plate number of 7MMX138. The vehicle was southbound on US 101, pulled into a turnout and went over the side and into the river.

11 April 2018
Klopp on Salah's injury
The Egyptian, Liverpool's top scorer with 38 goals this term, was forced to miss the side's goalless draw with Everton at the weekend.

11 April 2018
Analysts See $0.63 EPS for QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (QTS)
The rating was downgraded by Deutsche Bank on Tuesday, January 5 to "Hold". 2/22/2018-SunTrust Banks Reiterated Rating of Buy. This is a positive change from QTS Realty Trust's previous quarterly dividend of $0.39. (NYSE:QTS) for 138,167 shares.

11 April 2018
Syria invites global watchdog to probe chemical strike claims
It was the 12th time that Russian Federation has used its veto power at the council to block action targeting its Syrian ally. The United States and its allies have cited circumstantial evidence to blame the Syrian military for the attack.

11 April 2018
Normani Signs Solo Record Deal With Keep Cool/RCA Records!
GQ's 2018 All-Stars Celebration at Nomad Hotel Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. But there are zero hard feelings. "She's killing it.

11 April 2018
Commonwealth Games 2018: Five Cameroon athletes missing from Gold Coast village
AUSSIE immigration authorities are searching for eight Cameroonian athletes who have gone missing from the Commonwealth Games. It is not the first time Cameroon have had trouble keeping track of their athletes.