Cancer fraudster who made £300k from sufferers hasn’t paid back any of the money
A notorious cancer fraudster has had her home raided and assets seized after she didn't pay back any of fine she was slapped with after lying about her terminal condition.
Australian influencer Belle Gibson, 28, sold her cookbook after claiming she had treated brain cancer through healthy eating.
More than 300,000 sufferers bought her book The Whole Pantry before the scam was exposed.
In September 2017, she was handed a fine of $410,000 Australian (£215,000).
This later rose to $578,000 Australian (£303,000) including fines, interest, and other penalties.
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But on Wednesday, Victoria sheriff's office raided her home and seized assets after it was revealed she hadn't paid back any of the fine.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for Consumer Affairs Victoria said: "Sheriff's Officers visited an address in Northcote today to execute a warrant of seizure and sale on items belonging to Ms Gibson.
"Consumer Affairs Victoria is committed to recovering the debt Ms Gibson owes the Victorian public and will continue to pursue Ms Gibson until it is repaid in full."
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The self-described wellness guru – who conned hundreds of thousands of cancer sufferers – was found guilty of five breaches of consumer laws.
More than 300,000 sufferers made purchases from her before her fake cancer was exposed in 2015.
Her business earned more than $578,000 Australian (£303,000) before cracks in her story started to appear.
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She appeared in the Federal Court in Melbourne last year where she claimed she was penniless and unable to pay back the fine.
But the court heard that she had been using a Sportsbet account and dealing in cryptocurrency while claiming she had no money.
The court also heard Gibson had a $28,000 (£15,000) Australian credit card debt with the ANZ Bank and earned $20,000 (£10,500) Australian in 2017.
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She told the court that a man named Clive Rothwell – who she claimed wasn't her partner but lived in her home in Northcote, Melbourne with her and her son – paid for her day-to-day expenses.
He also paid for a month-long trip to Africa via Singapore for Gibson and her son.
Justice Debra Mortimer told Gibson in September 2018 that she had a "relentless obsession with herself".
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Earlier this year, it was revealed Gibson treated herself to a luxury trip to East Africa.
On her return, she was asked by a reporter: "Don't you think it's more important to be paying back that fine rather than going on an overseas trip?"
She reportedly smirked before walking towards her car.
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