EXCLUSIVE: Notorious cancer faker Belle Gibson is spotted looking downcast just weeks after authorities raided her home to repay the $500,000 in fines she owes for her fraudulent ‘Whole Pantry’ app
- Police raided the home of notorious cancer fraudster Belle Gibson in May
- Sheriff’s officers seized her assets to repay ‘substantial debt’ of $500,000
- Infamous Gibson pretended to have treated brain cancer with healthy eating
- Lied about donating her profits to charity when she only donated $10,000
Infamous fraudster Belle Gibson has been spotted looking downcast just weeks after authorities raided her home to repay the $500,000 in fines she owes.
Police raided Gibson’s home in late May in a bid to recoup the money she owes for duping people into believing she cured her own brain cancer through her cookbook The Whole Pantry and an app.
Gibson claimed she cured her terminal cancer by simply eating healthy food, but it was later discovered she never had the disease.
On Friday, the disgraced wellness blogger was pictured looking sheepish as she got into her car to drop her child off at school in Melbourne.
The Victorian Sheriff’s Office confirmed they seized assets from Ms Gibson’s Northcote house and are seeking more than $500,000 in ‘fines, penalties and interest’ from Ms Gibson.
‘A warrant of seizure and sale on Ms Gibson was executed today by Sheriff’s Officers at an address in Northcote,’ a spokeswoman for Consumer Affairs said in May.
Infamous fraudster Belle Gibson has been spotted looking downcast just weeks after authorities raided her home to repay the $500,000 in fines she owes
On Friday, the disgraced wellness blogger was pictured looking stressed as she got into her car to drop her child off at school
The discredited ‘Whole Pantry’ founder has been living free and seemingly happy since her $410,000 fine for duping Australians was handed down in September 2017
Belle Gibson returning home in 2019 to her Melbourne house, which was raided by authorities in May last year
The discredited ‘Whole Pantry’ founder has been living free and seemingly happy since her $410,000 fine for duping Australians was handed down in September 2017.
Consumer Affairs Victoria quietly filed for a warrant at the Federal Court in late December 2017, six months after she insisted she wasn’t ‘in a position’ to pay the fine.
On that occasion, Gibson told the court: ‘I’m not in a position to pay a $410,000 fine at this time’.
Carl Moller, the barrister for Consumer Affairs Victoria, told Gibson she had spent $91,000 over a two-year period.
He told the court she had claimed to have earned just $35,000 in that time. Gibson replied: ‘I don’t accept that’.
The court heard Gibson had travelled to Bali and Africa during those two years.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal the warrant executed on Gibson allows her to keep household goods which keep her living at a level of ‘basic comfort’.
A Victorian Legal Aid document said such items include ‘your fridge, television, washing machine, basic furniture and clothing’.
While the sheriff can claim ‘unsecured, valuable things you own outright… for example, your car’, it’s not clear who owns the Skoda sedan she drives.
WHAT BELLE GIBSON CAN KEEP
The Victorian Sheriff is will allow Gibson to continue to keep items that keep her in ‘basic comfort’.
Gibson could keep household goods including her fridge, television, washing machine, basic furniture (presumably including a table and chairs) and clothing.
Her car will not be seized if she is not the official owner, or if it is her primary form of transport and is worth less than $7600.
Source: Victorian Legal Aid, via Consumer Affairs Victoria
WHAT BELLE GIBSON WILL LOSE
The Victorian Sheriff can seize ‘any non-secured, valuable items’ to sell them off.
A Legal Aid face sheet said, under the terms of Gibsons’ warrant, a sheriff can attend a person’s home to take their goods, or just make a list.
Once the sheriff has listed the goods, they can’t be sold off or disposed of.
The items are then sold off at auction afterwards, although Gibson could stop the sale by negotiating to pay.
Source: Victorian Legal Aid, via Consumer Affairs Victoria
Both Gibson and her ‘housemate’ Clive Rothwell, have been seen driving the white car – and the sheriff can’t seize his goods.
But since the sheriff visited, Gibson has been banned from selling off any of her items.
To an outsider, it seems unlikely that the value of the disgraced wellness advocate’s possessions would come anywhere near the amount of her $500,000 debt.
A Consumer Affairs Victoria spokeswoman could not disclose how the agency will enforce the fine against her if that is the case.
‘CAV 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.’
Gibson was hauled in front of the Federal Court last year and claimed ‘I’m not in a position to pay a $410,000 fine at this time’
Gibson was briefly a celebrity – the recipient of 2014’s Cosmopolitan magazine ‘Fun, Fearless, Female’ award after her too-incredible-to-be-true battle with cancer
Belle Gibson’s fake cancer saga: How it happened
October 1991: Belle Gibson is born
May 2009: Gibson claims to have undergone multiple operations on her heart and also momentarily died on the operating table
July 2009: Gibson claims that a doctor diagnosed her with terminal brain cancer and that she only had four months to live.
Early 2013: She launches an Instagram account (@healing_belle) and accompanying website sharing healthy, wholefood recipes.
Mid 2013: Gibson releases an app of her recipes
Mid-2014: Gibson begins working with Apple on the development of an apple watch specific platform for the Whole Food Pantry
November 12, 2014: Cosmopolitan honours Gibson with a Fun, Fearless, Female award in the social media category.
March 8, 2015: The Age newspaper releases an investigation into Gibson’s claims of donating proceeds to charity.
April 2015: Women’s Weekly publishes an interview with Gibson, where she admits ‘none of it’s true’.
May 6, 2015: Victoria’s consumer watchdog launches legal proceedings against Gibson’s false claims of defeating cancer by way of a wholefood diet
June 2015: Gibson gives a TV interview with Nine’s Tara Brown, program where she claims ‘I’m not trying to get away with anything’
September 2017: Gibson is fined $410,000 by the Federal Court for her false claims of charitable donations
The judge describes her as having a ‘relentless obsession with herself and what serves her best interests’
June 2019: Almost two years after she was ordered to pay the fine, Gibson tells the court: ‘I’m not in a position to pay a $410,000 fine at this stage’
December 2019: Consumer Affairs Victoria quietly issues a warrant ‘of seizure or sale’ against Gibson
January 22, 2020: Sheriff executes a ‘seize and sell’ warrant on Gibson’s Northcote home, following inquiries from Daily Mail Australia