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'Health Guru' Faker Belle Gibson Fined $410,000 For Lying About Cancer Cure

The 'Whole Pantry' founder also lied about donating funds to charity.

28/09/2017 9:48 AM AEST | Updated 28/09/2017 9:48 AM AEST
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Disgraced wellness and health 'expert' Belle Gibson.

Disgraced author and blogger Belle Gibson has been fined $410,000 by the Federal Court for lying about having brain cancer and falsely claiming it could be healed with natural remedies.

Gibson's incredible fall from grace began when she was exposed in 2015 as defrauding thousands of followers and cancer sufferers.

She also lied to the public about donating some of the funds raised by her popular app 'The Whole Pantry' to a range of charities.

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Gibson was ordered to pay a total of $410,000 for contraventions of Australian consumer law, according to Fairfax Media. The fine is not as high as the maximum penalty she could have faced; a staggering $1.1 million.

Gibson has previously been banned from making false claims about her health in connective to her wellbeing advice. In April this year she was ordered by the Federal Court to pay $30,000 towards the legal costs of Consumer Affairs Victoria -- the organisation that launched legal action against Gibson.

Gibson made around $420,000 through her global social media network and her popular app, which led to a book deal for 'The Whole Pantry.'

Shortly after her book was released, it was revealed that Gibson never had brain cancer, or any other disease. There were also many allegations that the charities she claimed had received money, never received a cent.

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