Australian woman jailed over ‘despicable’ cancer fraud after swindling more than $40,000 from trusted family friends, reports said Tuesday.
A 24-year-old, Hanna Dickenson has been jailed for three months as she faked having terminal cancer and accepted donations from her parents, also friends and neighbors to maintain her partying lifestyle.
Magistrate David Starvaggi noted the scam as “despicable.”
Melbourne Magistrates Court heard that Hanna Dickenson was partying hard and needed money to live a party lifestyle, involving drugs, alcohol, and international holidays. To fund a lavish lifestyle she prepared a scam to convince her parents she had cancer.
The court heard that her parents, who run a farm near Swan Hill in Victoria’s north-west, had received thousands of dollars from their friends as they were struggling financially. It also heard that Dickenson spent that money on holidays and socializing.
The family’s neighbors, Nathan and Rachel Cue describing the moment Hanna’s parents approached them for money, they had said, “We are sitting here in the dining room and she comes over and says Hanna has six weeks to live, she’s in palliative care … We need forty grand desperately.”
The 24-year-old who is a real estate agent was punished to three months in jail and given a 12-month Community Corrections Order under which she will require to do 150 hours of community work and also undergo treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues.