Qld mother escapes jail for faking daughter’s cancer diagnosis

A Queensland woman who lied about her 5-year-old daughter having terminal brain cancer has managed to escape jail time.

The 37-year-old, who cannot be named, was today sentenced to nine months jail, wholly suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to 11 counts of dishonestly gaining a benefit.

She was also ordered to serve two years probation, with a conviction recorded.


The Brisbane Magistrates Court heard doctors found a “small cyst” near the child’s skull in July 2018 after she was taken to hospital suffering headaches.

However, the following year in May 2019, the woman lied to her husband and mother, claiming the child was suffering from a rare form of brain cancer and only had 12 months to live.

“This was a lie and the defendant knew it not to be true,” Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Carrie Davidson said.

The woman also conned people into handing over more than $10,000 through several fundraisers for her daughter’s treatment.

In July last year, the youngster was even treated to a boat ride around the Gold Coast Broadwater by the Southport Volunteer Marine Rescue team and Queensland Police Officers after her family compiled a ‘bucket list’ of experiences the child wanted to do before she died.

The court today heard the woman made up the diagnosis as she was under “severe financial stress”.

She was arrested in September last year after police became suspicious and contacted the hospital, who confirmed no cancer existed.