Woman charged after allegedly making up daughter’s cancer diagnosis

A woman has been charged with fleecing thousands of dollars in donations from unsuspecting Queenslanders after allegedly faking her daughter’s cancer.

The 36-year-old Brisbane woman, who can’t be named, allegedly claimed her five-year-old daughter was suffering from a rare form of brain cancer and only had 12 months to live.

She had set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for her daughters treatment, while also receiving other gifts from businesses and community groups, including on the Gold Coast.


Police launched an investigation and consulted medical professionals but there was no evidence to suggest the girl was suffering from cancer.

She was arrested on Tuesday and charged with three counts of fraud, accused of obtaining more than $10,000.

She has also been charged with one count of torture.

Police will allege it was done purely for financial gain.

The woman fronted Brisbane Magistrate Court today.

Police are still working to identify any other victims who may have donated money or gifts.