The story of Belle Gibson is one of the most troubling tales of deceit in recent Australian history.
Not only did she falsely claim her fabricated brain cancer was cured through alternative therapies, she told people she’d undergone multiple heart surgeries and suffered multiple strokes. She also lied about her upbringing.
Watch a snippet of The Whole Hoax, Gibson’s now-famous 60 Minutes interview. Post continues after video.
In September 2017, Gibson was handed a $410,000 fine by the Federal Court for duping her Australian consumers out of half a million dollars from the sales of her The Whole Pantry wellness app. She had promised to donate the proceeds to multiple charities.
After facing several warnings for not paying the fine for breaches of consumer laws, Gibson, now 28, was ordered to appear in the Federal Court in May 2019 to explain herself.
Now, after failing to pay back the fine, which has since ballooned to more than $500,000, Gibson has had her home raided.
As Gibson has refused to pay the fine, authorities executed a ‘seize and sell’ warrant on the 28-year-old’s Melbourne home in an attempt to regain the fine.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for Consumer Affairs Victoria said: “Sheriff’s Officers visited an address in Northcote today to execute a warrant of seizure and sale on items belonging to Ms Gibson.
“Consumer Affairs Victoria is committed to recovering the debt Ms Gibson owes the Victorian public and will continue to pursue Ms Gibson until it is repaid in full.”