Known charlatan and cancer fraud Belle Gibson has been ordered to pay $30,000 in prosecution costs to Consumer Affairs Victoria.
The $30k is a contribution to the cost of CAV‘s fraud case against Gibson, during which the disgraced blogger and owner of company Inkerman Road Nominees (now in liquidation) was found guilty of most of the claims made against her.
In case you missed this particular gob-smacking debacle first time around, Gibson rose to fame after spruiking herself as a wellness expert who had cured her brain cancer through healthy eating. She made a small fortune off the back of her claims, with an app and a cookbook both titled The Whole Pantry, and quickly built her brand into a worldwide wellness empire.
Consumer Affairs Victoria launched an investigation into Gibson’s nonsense two years ago, and the initial outcome is this $30k prosecution cost. If she doesn’t pay up within 60 days, she could face jail time.
When a penalty is finally handed down on the case, Gibson could also be looking at a personal fine of $220,000 and a fine of $1.1 million for her company.
Lie your way out of that one, genius.