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

Hanna far left

A 24-year-old woman faked having terminal cancer and scammed 42,000 AUD ($32,552) from her parents and friends to fund her party lifestyle. He said they were arguing earlier about his suspicions that she was dating another man.

Dickenson had pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court to seven charges of obtaining property by deception.

They were secretly using tenants' deposits and rental money to pay for an expensive rental property, lease cars and go on foreign holidays, including a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix. When this proved insufficient, they turned to their friends for help.

According to the Australian news site news.com.au, Dickenson was 19 when she first lied to her parents, saying that she had six months to live and was in palliative care.

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One donor gave about $8,000 to Dickenson after his own cancer treatment; a couple, Nathan and Rachael Cue, says they sent her four separate donations that totaled more than $15,000.

"Ms Dickenson engaged in conduct that tears at the very heart strings of human nature", Magistrate David Starvaggi said upon sentencing Hanna, adding that her crime was "despicable".

Melbourne Magistrates Court heard how Hanna Dickenson had been living a party lifestyle, involving drugs, alcohol, and worldwide holidays, and had run out of money, 9news Australia reports.

But her charade was uncovered when another of Dickenson's victim's discovered photos on her Facebook profile which made him suspicious about her claims of ill health.

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

Dickenson, who is a real estate agent in Port Melbourne, was jailed for three months and given a 12-month Community Corrections Order.

Gibson chronicled her battle with cancer on a blog, The Whole Pantry, which spawned an app and recipe book.

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