Cancer fraudster, 28, used faked medical records to claim £50,000 in benefits by lying about having a rare terminal condition.
A WOMAN used fake medical records to claim more than £50,000 in benefits by pretending to have a rare form of cancer.
Hanna Dickinson, 28, even informed her family and friends she was terminally ill, and she claimed she swindled thousands of pounds from her loved ones in addition to the disability benefit.
According to the Herald Sun, the Australian fraudster lived a lie for more than four years, receiving £54,000 in benefits and another £22,000 from friends for alleged treatment, which she instead used to fund her extravagant lifestyle and travel abroad.
Dickinson’s heinous scheme began in 2013, when she informed her family that she had been diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, a rare illness that affects smooth muscle fibres.
She even deceived to her own mother, who told Services Australia in 2014 that her daughter had only three months to live.
The conwoman forged medical documents pretending to be from doctors and surgeons in order to make her con appear legitimate.
When she told friends she was going to undergo chemotherapy and was looking into treatment alternatives abroad, her family and friends collected more than £22,000 for her treatment.
Dickinson’s web of falsehoods caught up with her in 2018, when she was sentenced to two and a half years in prison but only had to serve 12 months.
After being discovered in yet another fabrication, she was sentenced to another four months in Melbourne Magistrates Court.
Dickinson pled guilty to forging a bogus reference letter from her manager at age and the disability support organization HenderCare to use in court.
Dickinson’s manager had no knowledge the document with her name on it was used in a court case when she was caught impersonating someone else to get a car loan.
Dickinson was sentenced to a 12-month prison sentence for her elaboarte cancer fake in June of last year, so she was already in prison when she was sentenced.
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