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Melbourne cancer fraud jailed for one year

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A Melbourne woman who lied about having terminal cancer in order to receive disability support payments will spend a year in prison.

A Melbourne woman who lied about having terminal cancer will be jailed for one year for another cancer fraud.

Today the court heard Hanna Dickinson forged medical documents so she could claim more than $100,000 in disability pension over four years.

Ms Dickinson told Centrelink she had a soft tissue sarcoma of the shoulder, a bowel tumour, and a diagnosis of three months to live.

The St Kilda property agent doctored medical records, including a fake letter by a colorectal surgeon at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre that said surgery was her best chance of survival.

Even when Centrelink became suspicious she was working and perfectly healthy, Dickinson hit them up for an extra $200 payment for what she claimed was an emergency operation.

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Judge Sarah Dawes called her conduct disgraceful and jailed her for another 12 months followed by a three-year good behaviour bond.

The court heard the conwoman enjoys the adrenaline rush of deceptive conduct, and she fantasises that more money will mean more friends.

She's been ordered to repay all the money she stole from taxpayers.

Source: 9News

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