Victorian woman who faked cancer and conned family spent money on holidays and partying

A “despicable” serial fraudster and conwoman who faked having cancer to get cash to spend on holidays has finally been jailed for her crimes.

Hanna Dickenson was jailed for eight months for breaching a “lenient” sentence and continuing to defraud those around her.

The 26-year-old was ordered to serve eight months by Victorian County Court Judge Paul Lacava for her “despicable” offending.

Dickenson lied to her parents and told them she had cancer and needed money for treatment overseas.

Friends and family gave thousands to help her beat her fake illness but she spent the cash partying and on expensive holidays.

It was “despicable” offending, Judge Lacava said.

“You conned them into taking pity on you,” he said.

‘The public needs to be protected from you and you will be sent to prison.’

She was ordered to serve a non-custodial sentence in the community over the cancer scheme in 2018 and was warned to behave.

“You did not take the opportunity to rehabilitate yourself or to learn from your mistakes,” the judge said.

Instead she falsified documents to get a $30,000 car loan among other charges and was ordered to serve three months in prison.

She immediately appealed the decision but Judge Lacava re-sentenced her for those crimes on Monday.

“The public needs to be protected from you and you will be sent to prison,” he said.

She is also facing further charges of faking a reference over her car loan rort.

“In other words it’s alleged you deceived the court,” Judge Lacava said.

While he accepted the serial conwoman had a personality disorder he rejected her claims she had post-traumatic stress disorder.

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