A WOMAN pretended to have a rare form of cancer to rake in more than £50,000 in benefits using forged medical notes.
Hanna Dickinson, 28, even told her mum she had three months to live – and on top of the disability pension, she claimed she also swindled thousands of pounds out of her loved ones.
The scammer, from Australia, lived a lie for more than four years – drawing in £54,000 from benefits and a further £22,000 from pals towards supposed treatment which she instead used to fund her lavish lifestyle and to take trips abroad, reports news.com.au.
Dickinson began her vile plot in 2013, when she told her family she had been diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma – a rare form of cancer that affects smooth muscle tissues.
She even lied to her own mum, who then in 2014 told Services Australia her daughter only had three months to live.
To make her scam appear real, the conwoman faked medical documents purporting to be from doctors and surgeons.
Her family and friends even raised more than £22,000 for treatement as she told pals she was about to start chemotherapy and was looking at options abroad.
But in 2018 Dickinson’s web of lies caught up with her and last November she was handed two-and-a-half year jail sentence – but was only ordered to serve 12 months of it.