An Australian wellness blogger who falsely claimed to have cancer has been fined A$410,000 (£240,000, $322,000) for misleading her readers.
Belle Gibson, 25, gained fame in Australia after she claimed to have beaten brain cancer using natural remedies and nutrition.
She launched a successful app and cookbook, but later admitted the diagnosis was made up.
Ms Gibson was found guilty of five breaches of consumer law in March.
A judge at the time said Ms Gibson may have “genuinely” believed what she was saying, and might have suffered from “delusions” about her health.
She did not attend the Federal Court of Australia in Melbourne on Thursday to hear the penalty handed down.
Ms Gibson built a social media empire off claims she had cured her cancer with Ayurvedic medicine, oxygen therapy and a gluten and refined sugar-free diet.
“Her ‘pitch’ overwhelmingly used groups likely to evoke sympathy because of their vulnerabilities – young girls, asylum seekers, …
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