Australian 23yo faked cancer to fund party life

Hanna far left

When someone you know is diagnosed with cancer, you'd do - and give -anything to help that person overcome a disease that seems to be more lethal than not.

Hanna's parents handed over money to their daughter but when it wasn't enough, they then went to family friends and requested thousands of dollars to help with Hanna's treatment.

Police eventually charged Dickenson with obtaining property by deception.

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

"People's desire to assist and social trust has been breached". These are people who worked hard and dug into their own pockets'.

One of Dickenson's victims had just been discharged from hospital after undergoing his own cancer treatment when he was duped into transferring $10,000 to her for "urgent treatment" in March, 2013, the court heard.

It smacks of a Walter Mitty lifestyle.

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.

An Australian celebrity blogger, Belle Gibson, was fined around $318,000 in 2017, after falsely claiming to have beaten brain cancer.

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

Peter Bell, who ran the Enfields franchise in Northampton, was last May sentenced to 26 months in jail after stealing £92,000 from tenants and landlords.

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

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".



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