Cancer faker lied about illness to get rich and claimed she had months to live

A woman pretended to have a rare form of terminal cancer to pocket more than £50,000 in benefits using false medical notes.

28-year-old Hanna Dickinson then told her mother she only had three months to live.

On top of the disability pension, she claimed she manipulated her loved ones into parting with thousands of pounds of their cash.

The Australian scammer lived her sick lie for more than four years, raking in over £54,000 from benefits and £22,000 from family and friends to go towards the 'treatment', reported news.com.au.

Her vile plot began in 2013 when Hanna told her family she had been diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer that affects the smooth muscle tissues.

The 28-year-old also lied to her mum, telling her she only had three months left to live.

Hanna used faked medical documents looking like they were from doctors and surgeons to make the scam appear real.

Her family and friends raised more than £22,000 for the treatment – thinking they were paying for her chemotherapy that was due to be starting soon.

But her lies caught up to her in 2018, and last November she was smacked with a two-and-a-half-year jail sentence.

She was only ordered to serve 12 months of it.

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The young woman pleaded guilty to using false documents after she forged a fake reference letter from her manager at age and disability support service HenderCare to use in court.

Her confused manager had no idea the document with her name on it was used in the court hearing after Dickinson was caught trying to be someone else to secure a car loan.

She was jailed last year for the scam and was already behind bars when she was hit with the 12-month sentence for her elaborate cancer hoax.

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