Disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson fined for misleading consumers

UPDATE @ 9.10am: DISGRACED wellness blogger Belle Gibson has been ordered to pay more than $400,000 for lying to consumers about having terminal brain cancer.

The 25-year-old was found guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct after Consumer Affairs Victoria launched a lawsuit last year.

In the Federal Court in Melbourne toady, Justice Debbie Mortimer ordered Gibson pay $410,000 for five contraventions of Australian consumer law.


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EARLIER @ 6.30am: DISGRACED wellness blogger Belle Gibson will today learn her fate for lying to consumers about having terminal brain cancer.

The 25-year-old was found guilty of “most but not all” fraud charges in Melbourne’s Federal Court in February this year.

She is accused of deceiving people by falsely claiming that she had brain cancer and that a healthy eating diet cured the disease.

Consumer Affairs Victoria launched a lawsuit against Ms Gibson last year, claiming she engaged in deceptive conduct to promote her The Whole Pantry book and app.

They also accused Gibson of failing to donate $300,000 to charity.

She is expected to front the Federal Court in Melbourne on Thursday to learn her penalty, which could be up to $1.1 million.