A 24-year-old woman from Melbourne, Australia spent three months in jail after tricking her relatives and friends into giving her donations for a fake illness. The woman pretended she had cancer and she needed a huge sum of money for an overseas treatment. Then, she spent this money on her hedonistic lifestyle full of parties, alcohol, and drugs.
Dickenson used a fake illness claim to gather money for a party lifestyle
Hanna Dickenson told her family and friends, as well as her doctor, that she was suffering from cancer. She pretended she only had six weeks left to live, and asked them for money to fund some overseas treatments. At first, she went to her parents, who gave her money for this fake illness.
This money wasn’t enough for the so-called treatments, so she then turned to her friends as well. A couple even used mortgage money, as they wanted to help Dickenson and actually thought she was dying. Overall, she gathered $42,000 from their family and friends to treat her fake illness.
However, her scam didn’t end here. The woman also convinced a long-time family friend, who had also survived cancer, to contribute to her fundraising. Soon after he finished his cancer treatment, Bill Sandbrook gave Dickenson $11,000.
She received three months in jail and a year of community correction
The woman used all this money to fund her own lifestyle full of international travels, parties, drugs, and alcohol. However, people soon found out the truth. One of the people she had scammed viewed her Facebook profile, and saw dozens of photos from parties and trips.
As a result, her case was brought in front of the Melbourne Magistrates Court, where she received three months of imprisonment and 12 months of community correction order. People also compared her to a health blogger, Belle Gibson, who pretended to be a survivor of brain cancer.
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