An Australian fraudster who faked having cancer to con thousands of dollars out of her friends and family has been jailed.
Victorian woman Hanna Dickenson lied to friends and family, telling them she needed money for cancer treatment overseas in order to fight the illness, 7 News reported.
Dickenson scammed $45,000 from empathetic relatives through her lies and deception ABC News reported in 2018.
She spent the money her family believed was saving her life to take-off around the world enjoying expensive holidays and parties.
Victorian County Court Judge Paul Lacava labelled Dickenson's offending as “despicable.”
“You conned them into taking pity on you,” Judge Lacava said.
Dickenson was given a lenient sentence in 2018 following the cancer deception, on Monday she was sentenced to eight months in prison for breaching this sentence.
Judge Lacava said Dickenson deceived the court and didn't take the opportunity to improve her behaviour.
“The public needs to be protected by you and you will be sent to prison.” Judge Lacava said.
Judge Lacava accepted she has a personality disorder but dismissed her claims of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dickinson has a history of deceitful behaviour and is currently facing further charges in relation to falsifying documents.