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Australian jailed for fake cancer scam

IANS  |  Canberra 

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

A called the scam "despicable". accepted $31,000 after telling her parents that she needed medical treatment overseas, the reported.

Her parents received donations from their friends, the court was told. Dickenson spent much of the money on holidays and socialising.

Dickenson had pleaded guilty in the to seven charges of obtaining property by deception.

In sentencing, said Dickenson had "engaged in conduct that tears at 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," he said.

The court was told one person donated $7,750 to Dickenson after being discharged from hospital following his own Another person gave money on four separate occasions.

The ruse was uncovered when another donor raised suspicions with police after seeing pictures of Dickenson on Facebook, the reported.

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

The court said in this case it pronounced the jail term to deter others from engaging in similar conduct.



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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 09:52 IST