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When Belle Gibson was exposed as a cancer phoney last year, Australians were disgusted. However, even now the creator of The Whole Pantry app doesn’t expect to face criminal charges.

According to today’s Herald Sun, Ms Gibson’s health and lifestyle app is still available via the Google Play Store. Even though she’s being investigated by Consumer Affairs Victoria, Ms Gibson isn’t worried.

Asked if she was expecting to face charges, the cancer phoney answered: “No, I don’t think I will”. When asked whether she pedalled false hope to genuine cancer patients, Ms Gibson answered: “Of course not”.

Last year, Belle Gibson shocked the nation when it was revealed that she’d faked terminal brain cancer and a host of other serious health conditions.

She’d claimed to have “treated” her symptoms using whole foods and a balanced lifestyle. Ms Gibson’s recipes, inspirations and “guides” were published within an app, and online too.

Within months, the mother-of-one had made over $300 000 from her phoney dealings. When friends started to question the legitimacy of her cancer claims, Ms Gibson was forced to admit “none of it’s true”.

“I am still jumping between what I think I know and what is reality. I have lived it and I’m not really there yet”, she told Women’s Weekly at the time.

“I think my life has just got so many complexities around it and within it, that it’s just easier to assume I’m lying”, she added last year.

Today, many angry Australians want to see the cancer phoney face real consequences. “Why hasn’t she been charged?” one woman asked online.

“To take money by deception is fraud, and is a criminal offence… It does not matter how pretty you are, a crime is still a crime. Shows you that there are two sets of laws in this country”.

Do you think Belle Gibson should be charged for her shady business dealings? Can you believe that anyone would pretend to have cancer?

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  1. For fraud & deception, of course she should.

    The only question is, why hasn’t she been charged already?

    And yes, some people will resort to ANYTHING to get money.

    She needs a psych evaluation, as well.

  2. Yes I can believe it and yes she should be charged.

  3. Yes she should be charged and made to return the money she conned out of sick people

  4. Of course she should be charged. Why should she get away with using peoples’ illness for her own gain. If it were a man who had done this, he would no doubt be sitting in a jail cell awaiting trial

  5. I think what she has done is criminal, also think she is mentally ill as her comments don’t make sense to me!

  6. As a cancer survivor this makes my blood boil, this stupid crook needs to be fined for the amount she made with her quackery.Throw the book at her.

  7. Belle Gibson should be charged because what she has done is commit a crime. Why do people think they can fake having cancer and get away with it ? She is not the only one who has stooped this low and played on people’s emotions.We have a woman here in Tasmania that has faked having cancer 3 times and claims that she has done nothing wrong ! We are all accountable for our actions in life and if we deceive society by committing a crime we must face justice as Belle Gibson should.

  8. Charge her! What she is doing now is just her latest con, this time it’s her effort try to avoid jail. I hope she fails.

  9. Yes she should be charged I lost my son with a brain tumor and 8 other close family members she will never understand how it feels to suffer the pain that real suffering family members go through I don’t wish cancer on any one but she has to be brought to justice for all our hurt she has caused for money and a JOKE .

  10. No question! Obtaining money under false pretences, is fraud. Worse than that she committed moral fraud.

  11. Fraud is a crime. Of course she should be charged. How many people were taken in with her false promises. How much did she rip off?

  12. Cancer fraud/scams are the lowest of the low, nothing is more devastating than having false hope and then crash to reality. Have the cops been sleeping under a rock, get moving and charge this fake !!!!!

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