Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Fake cancer woman sentenced to 28 months jail

A west Australian woman who faked vaginal cancer to get thousands of dollars in donations has been sentenced to 28 months in jail. The mother-of-two was sentenced on August 23, 2007 in the West Australian District Court after pleading guilty last week to 25 fraud offences from 2004. She was arrested in 2006.

She had received donations of $4,100 from the Karratha Police ball and $1,500 from the Karratha Lions club in north-west WA. She also took the last $50 from a woman whose sister had cancer and $1755 from a 71-year-old man who had asked her how short she was of the target for her medical treatment.

She started pretending to friends and family in 2004 that she had vaginal cancer, forging hospital reports to raise funds for special cancer treatment. She received donations after publicising her faked plight in a national magazine and two regional WA newspapers. Judge O'Sullivan said she deserved immediate imprisonment for her criminality. "The harm done to organised charities operating legitimately has potentially been considerable,'' he said.
Photo By scol22, SXC.

1 comment:

Anna Rochanti Madden said...

omigosh, how dare she did that?! What a shame!