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Conwoman who blew $40,000 raised for her 'fake cancer' on boozy nights out is hit with more charges

A convicted cancer faker who told her family she had just months to live before blowing the money raised for her 'treatment' is back before the courts.  

More than $40,000 was donated to Hanna Dickenson, from Ballarat in Victoria, by kindhearted friends and family who believed her lies that she was terminally ill.   

She set up a false bank account in the name of a doctor to accept donations then blew the money on alcohol, drugs and lavish holidays.

She was jailed for three months in 2018 but upon appeal she was instead given a two-year community correction order.

Ballarat woman Hanna Dickenson, 26, told her parents she was diagnosed with cancer and needed money for treatment before receiving $42,000 from the community

Dickenson, 26, has now pleaded guilty to eight fresh charges including 'obtaining financial advantage by deception', The Herald Sun reported. 

Her charges relate to offences committed during her community corrections order including trying to use another person's identity to secure a $30,000 car loan. 

While working as an employment consultant for Max Employment in the Melbourne suburb of Oakleigh she targeted a 'vulnerable client'. 

Dickenson used her position to acquire the personal details of the client, faked a pharmacy signature to confirm the fraudulent identification and set up an email in the client's name. 

Senior Constable Kai Schulz told the Melbourne Magistrates Court Dickenson should be sent to jail.

She said identify theft was not a victimless crime and is made worse by targeting vulnerable people. 

'It's further aggravated by the fact Ms Dickenson was in a position of trust … she's abused that trust for her own benefit,' Senior Constable Schulz said.

Dickenson went into the car dealership to pay a $900 deposit and claimed to be the mother of the client whose identity she had used. 

Once she had secured the funds she blew it on parties, lavish holidays and drugs

But when staff at Natloans ran Dickenson's phone number, they were able to link it with a past loan application she had submitted as herself.

The old loan had been rejected due to a bad credit history and the fraudulent application was flagged, the court heard. 

Dickenson also put $10,168 worth of overpaid rent and bonds from seven customers into her own bank account while working as a property manager at Little Real Estate between May 2016 and March 2018, the court was told. 

Dickenson's lawyer Will May claimed her behaviour was a result of being bullied as a child for her weight.

'She saw money and material items as an avenue of happiness or to gain popularity,' he said. 

He also said Dickenson's spending was an attempt to show that she was 'well off'.

She has been diagnosed with narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. 

Dickenson was sentenced to three months in jail, but immediately lodged an appeal and was granted bail pending that decision in the County Court at a later date.