Woman jailed after swindling money from friends and family by faking cancer

  • Hanna Dickenson told her parents she would die within months from cancer 
  • A court heard that the woman scammed more than $40,000 off innocent people

An Australian woman has been jailed for three months after faking that she has a terminal cancer and swindled $42,000 from friends and family.

In 2012, Hanna Dickenson, 19, told her parents that she has brain cancer and only had weeks to live without overseas medical treatment, according to a report by ABC.

Her parents were struggling farmers near Swan Hill in Victoria’s north-west but vowed to help their daughter; turning to friends to help raise funds. Dickenson told her parents she was severely ill with leiomyosarcoma, and not responding to treatments at Epworth and Peter MacCallum hospitals.

The only problem? It was all a lie. In reality, Dickenson just wanted the cash to fund her lifestyle of drugs, booze and overseas trips.

The Melbourne real estate agent, who is now 24, blew tens of thousands of dollars in cash raised by her family and friends after convincing them that she had only weeks to live back then.

According to BBC, Dickenson had pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to seven charges of obtaining property by deception.

In sentencing, magistrate David Starvaggi 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.