Cancer Fake Belle Gibson's Trial Is Set To Start Today
A judge has been urged to ‘throw the book’ at cancer faker Belle Gibson as Victoria’s Federal Court prepares to try her case, even though she refuses to show up.
Consumer Affairs Victoria will today push ahead with the civil case in her absence as it aims to see her severely fined for duping thousands of followers.
The 24-year-old has admitted she falsely claimed she had terminal brain cancer and cured it with natural remedies, making $578,005 in the process.
Consumer Affairs are alleging that Gibson made false and misleading claims and engaged in unconscionable conduct.
The biggest fine she could be given is $1.1 million, and the watchdog also wants to her to apologise with public notices in major newspapers.
Gibson has failed to file a defence and friends have told the Herald Sun that she as hoping it would ‘’go way’’ if she didn’t respond.
The disgraced wellness blogger's The Whole Pantry app, which includes recipes she said claimed healed her cancer, was downloaded more than 115,000 times at $2.99 a pop. She also secured a $263,947 by publisher Penguin for her cookbook of the same name, which was pulled from shelves just five months after being published.
Charities are also awaiting a donation of $300,000, which was promised but not yet donated.