Cancer conwoman Belle Gibson to pay $30,000 in court costs

Belle Gibson, a health foods guru, has admitted that she lied about having terminal brain cancer
Belle Gibson, a health foods guru, has admitted that she lied about having terminal brain cancer

CONWOMAN Belle Gibson, who tricked thousands of people into believing she cured her own terminal brain cancer, has been ordered to pay $30,000.

The former blogger, app developer and author was also banned from making any claim that she had been diagnosed with brain cancer before Federal Court proceedings began. 

The court handed down the first of its orders against Gibson on Friday afternoon.

The $30,000 will go towards court costs incurred by Consumer Affairs Victoria, which pursued Gibson's company for breaching consumer law. Gibson has 60 days to pay the costs.

Gibson is also banned from claiming she was given four months to live, and banned from saying she rejected conventional cancer treatments in favour of a quest to heal herself naturally.

The conwoman used her brain cancer claim to build her wellness business The Whole Pantry, which included a cookbook and a wellness app. 

She made regular media appearances, hosted wellness events and promised to donate a portion of revenue from sales of the app to nominated charities.

The court order shows many of the promised donations never happened - less than $10,000 of The Whole Pantry's estimated $420,000 in earnings was ever donated to charity.

Her false claims were exposed in 2015 and forced Apple to pull her app from its app store. Penguin also cancelled its book deal with her, and Gibson also erased The Whole Pantry's presence on social media.

Gibson will face more Federal Court penalties at a later hearing. The date of the hearing has yet to be set.

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