Cancer fraudster back in Melbourne court

Cancer fraudster Belle Gibson is set to return a Melbourne court over her failure to pay a $410,000 penalty for lying to Australians.

The 27-year-old was fined after breaching consumer law when she claimed she had brain cancer but healed herself with natural remedies.

The Federal Court was last month told forensic accounts examining Gibson’s bank accounts had discovered “curious” trading including of crypto-currencies and a Sportsbet account.

Afterpay payments were among “a great many transactions overwhelmingly in the nature of discretionary spending” found, Consumer Affairs Victoria barrister Elle Nikou Madalin told the court.

Gibson is set to return to the Federal Court on Thursday, after saying she could not afford to pay the fine handed to her in September 2017.

She added she “absolutely” intended to cough up if she was able.

As well as claiming she cured herself of cancer, the fake wellness blogger lied to customers and said she would donate money from her Whole Pantry app and book sales to charities.

Gibson received $440,500 from sales of her app and book but only donated about $10,000.

Her barrister, Andrew Tragardh, said his client could not afford to keep coming back to court.

Gibson has been described by a Federal Court judge as having a “relentless obsession with herself” and warned she risks going to jail for failing to pay the $410,000.

© AAP 2019