Cancer Fraudster Belle Gibson ‘Curious’ Transactions, $5,000 African Holiday Revealed
Cancer fraudster Belle Gibson's bank accounts reveal "curious" trading including of crypto-currencies and a Sportsbet account, a Melbourne court has been told.
Forensic accountants are examining two years of the disgraced wellness blogger's finances after she failed to pay a $410,000 penalty for breaching consumer law by duping Australians with a fake cancer story.
The Federal Court on Tuesday was told about "curious aspects" of the bank accounts, including crypto-currency and futures trading as well as a Sportsbet account.
"(The documents) reveal a great many transactions overwhelmingly in the nature of discretionary spending," Consumer Affairs Victoria barrister Elle Nikou Madalin said.
The 27-year-old maintains she cannot afford to pay the fine handed to her in September 2017, but says she "absolutely" intends to cough up if she is able.
Gibson was fined after claiming she had brain cancer and 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 charities, including to a boy with inoperable brain cancer.
Gibson received $440,500 from sales of her app and book but donated only about $10,000 to charity.
Nikou Madalin on Tuesday grilled Gibson over her expenses for everything including food, clothes, rent, legal fees, debts and holidays.
"I would like to examine Ms Gibson on where her money is actually going," the barrister said.
"The bank statements I have seen today reveal a great many Afterpay payments."
Gibson said she received a government benefit and many of her living expenses were covered by a man she lived with, whom she owed at least $90,000 to in late 2017.
When asked whether she had repaid the money, Gibson said "I have debt outstanding" and revealed the same man paid for her recent holiday to Africa, costing about $5000.
When asked if she went on any other holidays since 2015, the disgraced wellness guru said she did not know.
The court was also told Gibson was paid about $75,000 for an interview with the Nine Network's 60 Minutes program in 2015 but it had all gone towards legal fees.
Earlier, Gibson's barrister 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.
In 2017, Federal Court Justice Debra Mortimer described Gibson as having a "relentless obsession with herself".
Her failure to apologise or attend any of her court hearings demonstrated how she placed her own interests ahead of others, Justice Mortimer said.
The cancer con artist has also previously been told she risked going to jail for failing to pay the $410,000.
She has been ordered to produce a slew of additional financial statements and is expected to return to court on June 6.