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Melbourne woman who faked cancer and swindled $40K off her family gets jailed
Hanna Dickenson, a 24-year-old Australian woman, duped her family and accepted an amount of about A$40,000 (31,000 USD) after telling them that she was suffering from terminal cancer and required medical treatment abroad.

Her parents managed to receive some donations from their kith and kin to support their daughter's treatment but the court was told that Hanna spent most of the money on lavish holidays and socialising. The judge, upon hearing this case, called the crime "despicable".  

It is virtually impossible to fathom how the parents must have felt upon hearing the situation when Hanna pleaded guilty in the Melbourne magistrates' court. 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 the people who have worked hard and dug into their own pockets."   

 

Hanna, a real estate agent, convinced her parents and doctors that she had been undergoing clinical trials for cancer treatment while the case was not so. 

Melbourne Magistrate Court came to know that how Hanna had been living a party lifestyle which involved doing drugs, alcohol and overseas holidays.   

Hanna Dickenson's lawyer made comparisons of her case to that of a health blogger, Belle Gibson, who had falsely claimed to have survived brain cancer. Gibson was fined $410,000. Hanna's lawyer argued that she shouldn't be sent to jail since Gibson had received zero prison time. The judge, however, disagreed and said that the two cases where not comparable and hence sentenced Hanna to a 3-month jail along with a 12-month community correction order.

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