Cancer fraudster Belle Gibson hands over bank documents

Belle Gibson arrives at court. Picture: AAP
Belle Gibson arrives at court. Picture: AAP

CANCER con artist Belle Gibson’s bank statements will be forensically examined over her failure to pay a $410,000 fine for duping Australians.

Producing two years worth of statements in the Federal Court in Melbourne on Tuesday, Gibson’s lawyer Andrew Tragardh said his client could not afford to keep coming back to court.

“My client doesn’t have unlimited resources to pay for lawyers to assist her,” he said.

Cancer con Belle Gibson to face court over unpaid $410k

Belle Gibson claimed she had brain cancer but healed herself.

Gibson had been summoned to appear after being warned she risked going to jail for failing to pay the 2017 penalty over five breaches of consumer law.

She claimed she had brain cancer but healed herself with natural remedies including diet and alternative therapies.

She also lied to consumers, saying she would donate money from her Whole Pantry app and book sales to various charities, including a boy with inoperable brain cancer.

Although Gibson received $440,500 from sales of her app and book, she only donated about $10,000 to charity.

On Tuesday, Mr Tragardh gave the court a folder of documents divided into 18 categories he said mostly related to two years of bank statements.

Consumer Affairs Victoria requested an adjournment so the accounts could be forensically examined, but Mr Tragardh said he wanted the matter completed within the day to save Gibson additional court costs.

But barrister Elle Nikou Madalin, appearing for Consumer Affairs, said there was no evidence Gibson could not afford to appear in court.

“Ms Gibson may not want to face the media again but that interest does come second to my client’s right to conduct this investigation,” Ms Nikou Madalin said.

The hearing has been adjourned but is expected to resume later on Tuesday.