Australian 23yo faked cancer to fund party life


A 24-year-old has been sentenced to jail for fraud after pretending to have cancer, according to a report by Newsweek.

The court heard Hanna Dickenson was partying hard and needed money to fund a lavish lifestyle of drugs, alcohol and worldwide holidays when she cooked up a scam to convince her parents she had cancer.

Her parents received donations from their friends, the court was told.

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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. The judge, upon hearing this case, called the crime "despicable".

Dickenson, a real estate agent, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court to seven charges of obtaining property by deception, the Herald Sun reported.

Magistrate David Starvaggi said "Ms Dickenson engaged in conduct that tears at the very heart strings of human nature". "The court must rightly deter others from engaging in this sort of conduct, taking advantage of people willing to assist and advance moneys to support somebody in what is perceived to be very tragic or dire consequences". "These are people who worked hard and dug into their own pockets", he said.

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

Dickenson's lawyer, Beverley Lindsay, argued that her client should be spared jail because she had "turned her life around".

The case has been likened to that of disgraced beauty and wellness blogger Belle Gibson, who built a successful business by claiming natural treatments helped her survive cancer.

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Lindsay said she'll likely appeal her client's sentence. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.