'CANCER BLOGGER' BELLE GIBSON GIVEN MASSIVE FINE OVER SCAM
Written on the 28 September 2017 by David Simmons
HEALTH and wellness blogger and convicted fraudster, Belle Gibson, has been handed a $410,000 fine for falsely claiming her brain cancer was cured through alternative remedies.
Gibson profited off these claims through her best-selling app and cookbook called 'The Whole Pantry', which suggested she cured herself of cancer using alternative remedies and nutritional programs.
It was later revealed that Gibson never had cancer at all, and lied about the entire ordeal. Customers and devotees to Gibson's 'The Whole Pantry' sought remedies in court claiming Gibson misrepresented the power of the remedies in the book.
Consumer Affairs Victoria launched an investigation into Gibson's claims, accusing her of lying to promote the app and book.
The consumer watchdog then brought a civil case against Gibson and her company Inkerman Road Nominees in June 2016. Inkerman Road has since shut down following the investigation.
Gibson was found guilty of five contraventions of Australian consumer law for misrepresenting her apparent illness and for lying about donating profits from the app and book to charity.
Gibson made $420,000 after building a social media empire, and releasing 'The Whole Pantry' book and application.
The $410,000 fine includes:
In April, Gibson was ordered to pay $30,000 in prosecution costs after she was found guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct.
Gibson was not in court for this morning's ruling, and has not attended any court hearings this year.
Justice Mortimer was critical of Gibson's failure to present herself in court.
"She has chosen not to explain her conduct. She has chosen not to apologise for it," says Justice Mortimer.
"It appears she has put her own interests before those of anyone else."
Business News Australia
Author: David Simmons