Dickenson's parents, struggling farmers, asked their friends and neighbors to help raise the funds to send her to Germany for treatment. It heard Dickenson spent much of the money on holidays and socialising.
Australian 24-year-old Hanna Dickenson has been sentenced to jail for fraud after telling her parents she needed 40,000 Australian dollars (about $31,000) to pay for overseas cancer treatment when she didn't even have the disease. The judge, upon hearing this case, called the crime "despicable".
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7 News reports that Dickenson arrived at court with her mother, who is one of the people she scammed - and pleaded guilty to seven charges of obtaining property by deception.
Melbourne Magistrates' Court was told that one person donated almost £5,500 after he was discharged from hospital following his own cancer treatment. "The court must rightly deter others from engaging in this sort of conduct, taking advantage of people willing to assist and advance moneys to support somebody in what is perceived to be very tragic or dire consequences". Another person gave money on four separate occasions.
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Those donations, a total of more than $30,000 that the London Times says came from three different sources, ended up instead funding Dickenson's party lifestyle, including foreign vacations, which one suspicious donor eventually found proof of on Facebook.
Although Dickenson had paid back NZ$15,000 prior to appearing in court this week, she was sentenced to three months in jail, with a 12-month community corrections order.
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She also compared the deception to one involving an Australian celebrity blogger, Belle Gibson, who was fined A$410,000 past year after falsely claiming to have beaten brain cancer.