Australian Woman Jailed Over 'Despicable' Cancer Fraud

“Despicable!” Melbourne woman who faked cancer jailed for scamming $40K

“Despicable!” Melbourne woman who faked cancer jailed for scamming $40K

According to court documents, Dickenson's parents, who run a farm near Swan Hill in Victoria's north-west, were struggling financially and had asked neighbors and friends for money.

Hanna's parents handed over money to their daughter but when it wasn't enough, they then went to family friends and requested thousands of dollars to help with Hanna's treatment.

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 was only discovered when a donor saw pictures of her on Facebook and raised suspicions with the police.

"People's conscious desire to assist has been touched. that's the social trust".

The court was told one person donated $7,750 to Dickenson after being discharged from hospital following his own cancer treatment.


Hanna Dickenson convinced her parents and family friends that she had terminal cancer, scamming $42,0000 in the process.

Dickenson's lawyer, Beverley Lindsay, had earlier urged the magistrate not to jail her client, comparing her offending to that of fake wellness blogger Belle Gibson.

She also compared the deception to one involving an Australian celebrity blogger, Belle Gibson, who was fined A$410,000 a year ago after falsely claiming to have beaten brain cancer.

Gibson chronicled her battle with cancer on a blog, The Whole Pantry, which spawned an app and recipe book. "Camara assured them that everything was normal and that they had no need to see a doctor", the report said.

"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".

Lindsay said she'll likely appeal her client's sentence. The court also added that Dickenson would lose her job as a property manager for Little Real Estate in Melbourne.

Recommended News

  • New Steam Privacy Changes Kill Steam Spy Service

    New Steam Privacy Changes Kill Steam Spy Service

    Steam Spy did that for you by automatically scanning profiles to learn more about what games are popular at any given time. As such, the changes will end up making several important tools, such as Steam Spy, essentially inoperable.
    Russia's government to support companies hit by U.S.  sanctions

    Russia's government to support companies hit by U.S. sanctions

    The comments by Sergei Lavrov came at a Monday meeting with the Russian diplomats expelled from several countries. Treasury actions which are all about sending a message of unpredictability/not ruling anything out.

    Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta EMkts Eq ETF (GEM) Rises 1.98% for April 10

    They expect $5.41 EPS, up 5.05% or $0.26 from last year's $5.15 per share. $97.60 billion is Goldman Sachs Group Inc's market cap. Over the past twelve months, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) has risen 9.66% since April 11, 2017 and is uptrending.
  • Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy J7 Duo with dual camera

    Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy J7 Duo with dual camera

    The Galaxy Note 9 is said to arrive later this year with a 6.4-inch display and a 4,000mAh battery, according to SamMobile . The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 16,999 and it is available from the offline channel.
    Trump Considering Action to Answer Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria

    Trump Considering Action to Answer Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria

    Russian Federation is deploying troops to the Syrian town of Douma where 40 people were killed in a suspected poison gas attack. It was not immediately clear whether that visit would delay or avert US or allied military action.
    Trump threatens Syria strike, cancels summit travel

    Trump threatens Syria strike, cancels summit travel

    Mattis also said the "first thing" the administration is considering is why chemical weapons are being used at all in Syria. Russia's offer comes as USA president Donald Trump is threatening an imminent military strike against Syria.
  • Basebrawl Breaks Out After Luis Perdomo Throws Behind Nolan Arenado

    Basebrawl Breaks Out After Luis Perdomo Throws Behind Nolan Arenado

    Tensions had been brewing between the two teams as the Padres' center fielder Manuel Margot was hit in the ribs in Tuesday's game. The Rockies head east to take on the Washington Nationals beginning on Thursday night in a four-game series.
    Apple filmed a trilogy of Asimov's

    Apple filmed a trilogy of Asimov's "Foundation"

    The dense and complex saga follows humans scattered across the galaxy on different planets ruled by the Galactic Empire. Skydance Television made a deal with the Asimov estate and will be bringing it into production (via Deadline ).
    Indonesia bootleg alcohol deaths exceed 100

    Indonesia bootleg alcohol deaths exceed 100

    Syafruddin said the police force would conduct operations throughout the country to end the distribution of the toxic alcohol. Police have arrested seven people for allegedly producing and distributing bootleg liquor in West Java and Greater Jakart.
  • Removing

    Removing "Void if Removed" Stickers Doesn't Void Your Warranty

    The stickers warn that removing or otherwise destroying them will immediately void the manufacturer's warranty. Here are the statements the FTC didn't like, with the company names in bold where they were blank before.
    Uber moves beyond ride-hailing with car-sharing, more biking

    Uber moves beyond ride-hailing with car-sharing, more biking

    Within the year, riders will be able to buy and use tickets from within Uber's app, too. This is what the options for a multi-transit trip looks like in the expanded Uber app.
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg vows to fight poll interference, fake news

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg vows to fight poll interference, fake news

    Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour for most of the past two weeks, culminating in his congressional appearance Tuesday. He said Facebook had considered the data collection "a closed case" because it thought the information had been discarded.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.