Fraudster Belle Gibson who faked having terminal brain cancer and duped Australians for profit has had her Melbourne home raided and assets seized in an attempt to recoup some of the $500,000 debt she owes.
Consumer Affairs Victoria confirmed on Wednesday Sheriff’s Officers attended her home in the inner Melbourne suburb of Northcote.
Items seized will be sold to recover some of the unpaid fine, which was initially $410,000 but had grown to more than half a million dollars with costs and interests.
“Sheriff’s Officers visited an address in Northcote today to execute a warrant of seizure and sale on items belonging to Ms Gibson,” a Consumer Affairs Victoria spokeswoman told Yahoo News Australia in a statement.
"Consumer Affairs Victoria is committed to recovering the debt Ms Gibson owes the Victorian public and will continue to pursue Ms Gibson until it is repaid in full.”
The 28-year-old was fined for breaching consumer laws after claiming she cured her non-existent brain cancer through diet and alternative therapies.
She went on the make a profit from a cookbook and app called The Whole Pantry.
Gibson made $440,500 from sales but only donated about $10,000.
In 2014 she was named Cosmopolitan magazine’s Fun Fearless Female for being an inspirational role model.
The raid comes after Gibson appeared in Federal Court last year claiming she could not pay the fine.
The court heard however she spent more than $90,000 in two years and went to Bali and Africa, and between 2017 and 2019 spent $13,000 on clothes, cosmetics and accessories.
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