Hanna Dickenson: Fake Cancer Scam Lands Woman in Jail

Hanna Dickenson: Fake Cancer Scam Lands Woman in Jail

Hanna Dickenson: Fake Cancer Scam Lands Woman in Jail

A 24-year-old Australian woman, who faked having terminal cancer before scamming money from friends of her family, has been jailed for three months, a media report said.

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

Dickenson, a real estate agent, convinced her parents and doctors that she had been undergoing clinical trials for cancer treatment. Instead, Dickenson's lifestyle of drugs, alcohol and trips to Thailand and Europe exposed her plea for money as a scam.

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

Dickenson told her parents she was severely ill with leiomyosarcoma, and not responding to treatments at Epworth and Peter MacCallum hospitals. Dickenson will spend three months in prison, followed by a 12-month community corrections order, and 150 hours of community service, in addition to seeking treatment for both substance abuse and mental health. The then-19-year-old had tricked her financially struggling parents into rounding up thousands of dollars from their own savings, as well as the bank accounts of their friends and neighbours, to fund her party lifestyle.

Describing the moment she asked them for money, they had said: "We are sitting here in the dining room and (the mother) comes over and says Hanna has six weeks to live, she's in palliative care. we need $40,000 desperately".

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

Photographs Dickenson posted to her Facebook page led one of the scam's donors to voice suspicions to the police that things weren't on the up-and-up.

Magistrate David Starvaggi said Dickenson had;engaged in conduct that tears at the very heartstrings of human nature'.

Ms Lindsay argued that her client's offending was less severe than Gibson's.

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