Fake brain cancer claimant Belle Gibson ordered to court for not paying fine

Fake brain cancer claimant Belle Gibson ordered to court for not paying fine
Photo credit: Consumer Affairs Victoria

Disgraced health blogger Belle Gibson who fraudulently claimed she had brain cancer has been ordered before the courts for failing to pay a $410,000 fine.

In 2017, Gibson was found guilty of five breaches of consumer law after writing a book where she claimed she cured a brain tumour with natural remedies. She also lied about making donations to charities with profits from the book.

Despite earning more than $440,000 from the book and app sales, she only donated $10,000 to charity.

She must appear in federal court on May 14 for examination of her finances after not paying any of the fine, but the Herald Sun reports she has failed to show up to previous court appearances.

Gibson had been previously warned by Justice Debra Mortimer that she could face jail if she didn't pay the penalty.

Action against her and her company Inkerman Road Nominees was brought by Consumer Affairs Victoria in 2015.

In a 60 minutes interview that year, she said she had been fooled by a doctor into believing that she had a brain tumour. But investigations found that to be untrue.

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