Australian Woman Jailed for Faking Cancer and Receiving Thousands in Donations

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Reflecting on this, you can probably sympathise why Hanna Dickenson's parents rallied around their cancer-stricken daughter, raising thousands of dollars from friends, family and neighbours to cover the cost of life-saving medical treatment overseas.

Money poured in from friends and the 24-year-old spent most of it on holidays and socialising with friends.

Dickenson's scam was uncovered when one of her victims discovered photos on her Facebook profile, which made him suspicious about claims of her illness.

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

One victim of the scam gave her four payments of $5200, while one victim, who was actually a cancer patient himself, gave her $10,500.

While pronouncing the sentence, Magistrate David Starvaggi said Dickenson had "engaged in conduct that tears the very heartstrings of human nature".

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

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Comparisons were made between Dickenson's crime and that of health blogger Belle Gibson, who was fined $410,000 a year ago after falsely claiming to have survived brain cancer.

"Yes she has harmed some people ... she didn't ask them directly though", she said.

Dickenson's lawyer Beverly Lindsay applied to have her client's case suppressed but failed.

Beverly Lindsay argued well known fake cancer sufferer Belle Gibson had not received jail time, so nor should her client. "To send her to prison now sends her backwards".

"It beggars belief that she approached her parents for assistance purporting to be suffering from ... grave ill health", he said.

Police eventually charged Dickenson with obtaining property by deception. The court also added that Dickenson would lose her job as a property manager for Little Real Estate in Melbourne.

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